During the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Mid Suffolk Light Railway has been able to make progress on their main extension project.
The first milestone was preparing and tidying the Dovebrook platform this also included the building of a new footbridge to access the station and picnic areas. This work was completed by the Middy Infrastructure Team.
On the 1st March, Network Rail contractors completed more heavy lifting for the MSLR to take the line to start of the climb to the railway’s final destination.
The eight man team extended the track 73 metres closer to the target of adding 500 metres of track.
The work also saw the railway cross the divide made by the footpath, which saw a new public crossing installed.
This is the first time in 15 years that the Mid Suffolk Light Railway has been extended. Once the overall project is completed, it will enhance the visitor experience by doubling the length of the demonstration line to Aspall Halt.
The terminus is being modelled on the old station at Wilby, which will be minimal so typical of the ‘cash-strapped Middy’.
A campaign has resumed to fund the rest of the work, the line already has a station building which is the recovered MSLR building from the old station at Haughley.
Members of the public are being invited to Sponsor a Sleeper for £15 each on the Mid Suffolk Light Railway website, with sponsors receiving a certificate and a chance to win a Driver Experience in a prize draw.
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