Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum scoops top award

Mark Westley Photography'Mid Suffolk Light Railway Wetheringsett has won Museum of the Year Award, Roger Gregory Chairman with Alan Lusby Volunteer Co-ordinator, and volunteers. ANL-140511-234556009
Mark Westley Photography'Mid Suffolk Light Railway Wetheringsett has won Museum of the Year Award, Roger Gregory Chairman with Alan Lusby Volunteer Co-ordinator, and volunteers. ANL-140511-234556009
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The Mid Suffolk Light Railway at Wetheringsett has steamed ahead to take the title of Suffolk Museum of the Year.

The volunteer run standard gauge railway has seen visitor numbers and takings up this year with ambitious plans for extending its line well underway.

The award was made at University Campus Suffolk with the attraction beating off competition from 40 other accredited museums in the county.

Marketing manager John Reeve said: “We’re obviously delighted and are hoping this will raise our profile. We’ve had a very good year and have two major projects ahead of us so this will help with raising our profile and fund-raising.”

Known as The Middy, the Mid Suffolk Light Railway wants to double the length of its track and build a new station. Volunteers are also working on restoration of the railway’s own locomotive the Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 no 1604.

The line extension to Blacksmiths Green will more than double the length of the railway and discussions are well underway with Mid Suffolk District Council.

The Suffolk Museums Special Award went to the Suffolk Regiment Museum in Bury St Edmunds for its individuality, innovation and service. Judges commended how volunteers had responded to increased interest generated in World War One. Curator Gwyn Thomas said: “We’re delighted to have the work we’ve been doing recognised.”