‘First Sod’ cut for Mid Suffolk Light Railway extension

First turf moved on extension of Mid Suffolk Light Railway
Credit: Mid Suffolk Light Railway

The Mid Suffolk Light Railway have staged a small ceremony for the ‘Cutting of the First Sod’ on Sunday 26th August 2018.

The railway’s President, Mr. Tony Alston, and Mr. Rob Patton, from TES 2000 Ltd, turned over the first turf with a silver spade in the traditional manner.

TES 2000, along with their associates, Colas Rail, are both major railway contractors working with Network Rail and will take on the Middy Project as part of their Apprentice training programme.

It is hoped that the start on the preparation of the track bed work can be made during the October/November months after the Middy’s steaming season and before the Santa Specials in December.

Volunteers have already made a start to clear the old track bed and sorting the rail and sleepers the railway has been stockpiling in the previous years.

When the work is finished, the line will be a total length of approximately a kilometre.

There will be a small halt style station at the end of the line to be called Aspall.

Originally, the work was estimated for completion in three years. However, with the help from TES 2000 and Colas Rail completion could be a lot sooner.

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