About the Bank Holiday Steam Up
The central areas of Suffolk county were and still are, predominantly rural agrarian lands. For generations, the farmers there struggled to deliver fresh produce to the larger markets in the area and beyond. Railways were becoming the logical answer. But full-size railways are expensive and take time to build. What would these underserviced areas do?
The Light Railway Act was passed to authorize the building of smaller, cheaper railways to serve these areas. The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway was one of these new smaller railways hastily built to help deliver agricultural goods to broader markets and, in conjunction with the nation's ever-expanding railway systems, to the larger cities.
The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway has preserved the heritage of the light railway and the significant role it played in the development of the region. The line picked up the nickname, Middy, and it still holds today. The MSLR hosts steam-up days when all of their vintage, restored trains run on steam power. Over the weekend of the May Bank Holiday, all visitors are invited to come and experience this fascinating piece of history. The Brockford Station now boasts a refreshments shop, museum, workshop and restoration shed, and the Kitchen Arms real ale pub coach.
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway
The MSLR is a registered charity, and volunteers run the entire line. Memberships and volunteer opportunities are available.
Entry To The Event
Entry prices are £10 for adults, £5 child (under 16), £8 concession, or pick up a family pass for 2-adults plus 2-children for £25. Parking is free, and accessible parking is available.
Somewhere to Stay in Suffolk
As the area remains mostly rural, places to stay do require a little drive. Some excellent choices in the area include the Best Western Cedars Hotel & Restaurant and the White Horse Inn. The Best Western offers standard amenities for guests, including free Wi-Fi. The White Horse Inn dates to the 17th century and is only 4-miles from the MSLR. They also offer free Wi-Fi and also free breakfast and parking. For those with their rolling place to stay, Caravan Meadow offers beautiful vistas in a quiet setting for your RV or tent.
Getting To Brockford Station
Driving to the MSLR requires several twists and turns and a bit of landmark spotting. Using the A14, exit at 51/A140 and go north. Use the left lane for the A140 ramp to Diss/Norwich/B1078. Exit the roundabout at the 3rd exit onto A140 and continue along Brockford Green. Look for the Mendlesham TV tower and follow the brown signs to the MSLR. Bus service in the area is limited, but Ipswich Buses #115 has stops at Hall Lane, where the MSLR is located. Check their schedules online.
Other Things To Do Around Stowmarket
Round out your trip to the MSLR with a stop at Bressingham Steam & Gardens for new steam train experiences and other attractions. For a wilder experience, visit the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, a highly recommended opportunity to see these magnificent birds of prey in action. In the nearby village of Eye, stroll through the grounds of Eye Castle for incredible vistas and ancient architectural ruins.
Don't miss your opportunity to experience an important piece of engineering and economic history at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway.
When is the next Bank Holiday Steam Up?
The Bank Holiday Steam Up is planned to take place at Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5PW, Sunday 31st May, 2020. This is a Steam Event.
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