The Mid Suffolk Light Railway museum was shown in all its glory yesterday as it appeared on an episode of the BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys, presented by Michael Portillo.
The ‘Middy,’ as it is affectionately known, was visited by Portillo and the BBC’s production team back in May 2016 to film the last part of his six-part journey along the route of the North Country Continental service to Harwich.
It is thought that Portillo, a former Tory MP, spent just over three hours at the museum in May last year, receiving intuition before getting the chance to drive one of the engines down the line himself.
The museum, which is based at the old Brockford trade station in the village of Wetheringsett, is set to re-open for business on April 16 and 17 for the Easter holidays.
The Middy is Suffolk’s only standard gauge railway museum, remembering the Mid Suffolk line that existed until July 1952.
The museum was started after a group of enthusiasts wanted to resurrect the line in 1991, and now has a big following with lots of volunteers.
On the BBC programme, Portillo started in Stowmarket before going over to the Middy, and completed his journey by visiting Manningtree and later Harwich.
It was the last episode of a six-part series.
The Middy Bar
A bar was also opened in a restored railway carriage for the volunteers who wanted a drink after a hard day’s work.
Called The Kitchener Arms, it also serves as a meeting place for the villagers who live nearby.
Our news report on the bar, filmed during the Christmas holidays in 2015, can be viewed below.
For details about the Mid Suffolk Light Railway, or on how to become a member, visit the museum’s website at: www.mslr.org.uk.