Country Railway Routes

Newmarket to Haughley and Laxfield

by Richard Adderson

The lines east and west of the junction at Haughley provide a fascinating contrast. Westwards, the route was one of the earliest railways in the area and has become a busy artery for long-distance freight traffic, while retaining a regular passenger service to important towns. Eastwards, the short lived Mid-Suffolk Light Railway was a latecomer to the railway scene, was never completed, and served only a succession of villages as it ambled across the countryside for some 20 miles. We see activities on both lines over the years and also look at the preservation centre, which recreates much of the atmosphere of the Light Railway.



'Another excellent volume from the Middleton Press series that is gradually covering the whole of the railway network. Written by East Anglian expert Richard Adderson, Newmarket to Haughley and Laxfield follows the normal layout of the series.'
(The Railway Magazine, June 2023)

'Reading this book, you should follow a most important East Anglian tradition - put the kettle on, make a cup of tea, and take your time!'
(Howard Johnston, Steam World, Issue 420, June 2022)

'The nature of the ambling Mid-Suffolk Light Railway from Haughley eastwards out into extremely rural country and not reaching either projected destination means that far more of the simple workings of such a rural line are included.'
(John New & Kelvyn Hulme, SLS Journal, May-June 2022)

Book Details

Richard Adderson
Country Railway Routes
Middleton Press Ltd
02 April 2022
240 x 174 mm
96 Pages
120 Photographs
Large Scale Maps
Other details of local history

Stations & Locations

Stations Photo
Newmarket FC, 1-11
Newmarket Warren Hill 12-14
Chippenham Junction 15-17
Kennet 18-23
Higham (Suffolk) 24-27
Saxham & Risby 28-31
Bury St.Edmunds 32-43
Thurston 44-49
Elmswell 50-54
Haughley 55-58, 60-65
Haughley MSLR 59
Mendlesham 66-70
Brockford & Wetheringsett 71-74
Aspall & Thorndon 75-77
Kenton 78-84
Worlingworth Golf Links Halt 85-88
Horham 89-92
Stradbroke 93-96
Wilby 97-99
Laxfield 100-111
Brockford (MSLR) 112-120