‘First sod’ cut on Mid Suffolk line extension

THE extension of the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway has started in traditional style, with the cutting of the ‘first sod’.

A small ceremony was held on August 25 with the ‘Middy’s’ president Tony Alston and Rob Patten from contractors TES 2000 Ltd, which is helping with advice and equipment.

Cutting the ‘first sod’ are Middy vice chairman Ian Meigh, Rob Patten of TES, Middy president Tony Alston and Middy marketing manager John Reeve. MSLR

A train of well-wishers witnessed Tony, the project manager for the extension, turning over the first turf with a silver spade in the familiar manner for beginning the work of laying a new railway line.

TES 2000 and its 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 schemes.

It is hoped that a start on the preparation of the trackbed can be made during October and November after the Middy’s steaming season and before the Santa specials in December.

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