Beyer Peacock steam locomotive for touring the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, popularly known as ‘The Middy’, has announced that the Beyer Peacock & Company 0-4-0 Saddle Tank No. 1827, built in 1878, will tour the railway until the end of June (subject to contract).

The locomotive was originally used as a shunter by Beyer Peacock at their Gorton works in Manchester. In 1966 it was saved for preservation and was for a time located at the Oswestry base of the Cambrian Railway Society. It moved to the Foxfield Railway in 1996 and returned to service there in 2013. In May 2019 the locomotive traveled to Wolsztyn in Poland and ran on the main line.

Following an overhaul in which it was restored to its original 1950 Gorton Foundry livery, the locomotive was returned to service on the Foxfield Railway in September 2021.

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway is located at Brockford station near Wetheringsett, not far from Stowmarket in Suffolk. On Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29, the railway runs Middy in the War Years. This is one of the biggest events on the rail calendar and includes a number of historical re-enactments to help create a 1940s atmosphere.

In addition to a wide range of exhibits and exhibits, including the German Alpine Corps, the event will showcase some of the contributions made by women at the time, with exhibits on the WVS, Army of women and American women of East Anglia.

There will be a range of military and civilian vehicles from the era, and stalls selling everything from clothing, collectibles, toys, military memorabilia, war documents and magazines.

A flypast from the Hawker Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is scheduled for Saturday May 28, as always, subject to weather conditions,

Both days will feature 1940s-style music, with Kitty Collins on Saturday May 28 and the Laxfield Community Choir on Sunday May 29.

Jose P. Rogers