Mid Suffolk Light Railway is looking to double the length of its track and build a new station in an exciting programme of expansion.
The much-loved Suffolk attraction, in Wetheringsett, has submitted plans to Mid Suffolk District Council to extend its existing 400 metre track by 600 metres and build a new ‘Wilby Halt’ station.
The expansion will be the first time the railway has had two linking stations since its final service in July, 1952.
John Reeve, marketing manager, said it was an exciting time for the railway.
He said: “We have got permission from the landowner so are applying to the council to more than double the length of the line.
“We have an architect who has drawn us up some plans for a station building.
“The idea is to give ourselves a destination, so to speak.
“All the plans have been drawn up, it is just a question of getting the funds together.
“It is all very exciting.”
Last month, the railway had an open day attended by MP Dan Poulter, local councillors and around 50 visitors.
John said he hoped that attracting more people to the railway would be a good start to getting the funding for the project.
“We have more steam days planned this year than ever before to get more people to the site to see what we are doing,” he said.
“We are almost ready to unveil our reconditioned horse box, thought to be the oldest in the UK. In railway buff terms it’s very exciting.”
On Sunday and Monday, the railway is putting on its ‘Middy in the War Years’ event.
Themed around the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the event will feature wartime displays, re-enactment demonstrations, and military vehicles.
On Sunday, at around 12.30pm, an Avro Lancaster bomber from the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will making a special flypast.
For more information on the Middy and upcoming steam days, visit www.mslr.co.uk