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Dean Forest Railway - Gloucestershire, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 51° 44.157 W 002° 32.354
30U E 531817 N 5731770
Quick Description: The Dean Forest Railway provides a great trip from Parkend in the north to Lydney in the south, amongst the Royal Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/10/2014 8:24:31 AM
Waymark Code: WMM8DZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 1

Long Description:
In 1970 the Dean Forest Railway Society was formed prior to the closure of the branch line. The first Steam Open Day occurred in October 1971. It is one of many lines which were closed in the area and lucky to be saved. The route was part of the former Severn and Wye Railway which ran from Lydney to Cinderford.

British Rail still held Parkend at this time so the society sought further land. The Norchard colliery and power station was acquired in 1974. Today this is the centre where parking can be found and the Norchard Steam Centre is located. Norchard opened in 1978.

With British Rail relinquishing the line to traffic in the 1980s the railway then grew to include Lydney Junction in 1995. Lydney Town station was opened in April 2001.

Parkend reopened as a regular passenger train station in 2006 to return Dean Forest Railway to its origins. Today the line runs from Parkend to Lydney Junction with an enjoyable ride through the forest.
Engine Type: Tourist line has more than one engine of various types

Gauge of Railway: Standard Gage

Approximate Adult Fare: 11.00 (listed in local currency)

Approximate Child Fare: 5.00 (listed in local currency)

Type: Spur (out and back)

Length of Route: 6.8km

Dates of Operation: From: 3/22/2014 To: 12/31/2014

Frequency of departures: Every Weekend and Wednesdays, some other days as detailed in the Timetable on the website; Every couple of hours.

Key Attractions:
Royal Forest of Dean, wildlife, walks, Lydney town and harbour

Does this Scenic Railroad Provide: Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Trains?: yes

Railroad Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:

Provide a picture of something with the train. Possible photos include the entertainment on board the train, the train itself at any location along the route, a picture of the scenery with part of the train in view, the kids borrowing the engineer’s hat. Show us you had a good time visiting the train. If the train isn't running when you visit get a photo of one of the many railway related items that can be found in locations like this.

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