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Falmouth Docks and Engineering Co No3 at Brockford and Wetheringsett

 Falmouth Docks and Engineering Co. No3 at Brockford and Wetheringsett in 2011

 

This locomotive was built by Hawthorn Leslie in Newcastle in 1926

 

The Mid Suffolk Light Railway or The Middy

The original Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, or Middy as it was to became better known as, was built to provide transport for this very rural part of Suffolk. It was built to standard gauge in accordance with the 1896 Light Railway Act.

The railway opened in 1904 for goods and then in 1908 for passengers from Haughley to Laxfield . From Laxfield another mile of track was then laid to Cratfield and a few freight trains used this section for a few years be for this section was closed. A branch off the Middy main line from Kenton to Westfield was also built, but some freight trains were run, but this part of the line was soon closed.

The Middy was taken over by the LNER under the grouping, but it took till June 1924 for it to became part of the LNER.  This offical date was backdated to the 1st January 1923. This delay was so all its outstanding liabilies could be storted out.

This railway made little money over the years and was closed on the 26th July in 1952 by British Railways.

Falmouth Docks and Engineering Co. No3 in 2011

40 years after it closed, a group of enthusiasts in 1992 formed a Company to recreate the Middy. They have rebuilt a station on the site of the Brockford and Wetheringsett railway station. this station used to served the villages of Wetheringsett and Brockford Green.The station was about six miles from Haughley and had just two small corrugated iron clad huts for its booking office and passengers waiting rooms.

The railway is today a heritage railway and a museum at Brockford and Wetheringsett station that is run by a small, but dedicated band of volunteers whose aim is to open all the old light railway, but because it was a light railway little of it now remains.

 

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Falmouth Docks and Engineering Co. No3 at Mid Suffolk Light Railway 

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R Buckle coal lorry and a LNER platelayers trolley

   
 
 

 

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No3 at Mid Suffolk Light Railway in 2011 

 

R Buckle coal lorry and a LNER platelayers trolley in 2011