Dean Forest Railway

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Coordinates: 51°44′53″N 2°32′38″W / 51.748°N 2.544°W / 51.748; -2.544

Dean Forest Railway
9681 lydney junction north 2.jpg
9681 north of Lydney Junction station
LocaleWest Gloucestershire
Commercial operations
Built bySevern & Wye Railway
Original gaugeTramway (prior to 1868)
7 ft 14 in (2,140 mm) Brunel gauge (1868 to 1872)
4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge (from 1872)
Preserved operations
Stations5 open
Length4 14 miles (6.8 km)
Preserved gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Commercial history
Opened1813
1868Converted to 7 ft 14 in (2,140 mm) Brunel gauge
1872Converted to 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Closed1977
Preservation history
1970The Society is formed
1971First open day at Parkend
1978First open day at Norchard
1983The Duke of Gloucester visits
1986Route purchased from BR
1991Norchard to Lakeside opened
1995Lakeside to Junction opened
2001Lydney Town opened
2002Norchard to Tufts opened
2003Tufts to Whitecroft opened
2006Parkend opened by HRH Princess Anne
2012Whitecroft opened
HeadquartersNorchard
Dean Forest Railway
Parkend
Whitecroft
Tufts Bridge over River Lyd
Severn and Wye Railway
to Princess Royal Colliery
Tufts Junction
Norchard High/Low Level
Middle Forge Jn
Lydney Town
St Mary's Halt
Pidcock's Canal
Lydney Junction National Rail
for Gloucester–Newport line
Railway lines in Lydney

For canal icons used below, please refer to waterways legend.

Princess Royal Colliery
Tufts Junction
Tinworks
Tufts Bridge
Norchard High Level
Norchard Low Level
Engine Shed
Lydney Town
St Mary's Halt
Lydney Junction
Severn Bridge Tunnel
Severn Bridge
Lydney
Pidcock's Canal
Severn Railway Bridge
(Dismantled 1970)
Forges
Lydney Canal
Lower Docks
Upper Docks
Swing bridge over
Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
Locks onto River Severn
River Severn

The Dean Forest Railway is a 4 14-mile (6.8 km) long heritage railway that runs between Lydney and Parkend in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

The route was part of the former Severn and Wye Railway which ran from Lydney to Cinderford. The society that operates the line started steam locomotive operations in 1971, and bought the trackbed and line from British Rail in 1986, reaching both Lydney Junction and Parkend railway stations by 1995 and 2005 respectively.[1] Trains are operated by both steam and heritage diesel locomotives, and heritage diesel multiple units.

The Dean Forest Railway has been given the former GWR signal box that stood slightly to the east of Codsall station in Staffordshire. Its removal was completed in July 2007, and was placed at the newly restored Whitecroft railway station.

The Dean Forest Railway has also been given the former Griffithstown Station building. Its removal was completed in June 2016, and is expected to be placed at the new upcoming Speech House Road.

CrossCountry are now providing a combined fare for travel to Lydney mainline station (on CrossCountry services only) and then onto the Dean Forest Railway.[2][3]

The Dean Forest Railway plans to extend its heritage services a further 2 12 miles (4.0 km) through/into the middle of the Royal Forest at Speech House Road (close to the nearby Beechenhurst Visitor Attraction), bringing the line to a total of about 6 34 miles (10.9 km) in length.[4] In 2016, DFR’s director of civil engineering and director of development Jason Shirley announced plans to expand the railway to Cinderford. The project's status as a strategic regional development means that a large proportion of the estimated £8million cost could be met by Government funding.[5]

Stations and Junctions of the DFR[edit]

Proposed future extension[edit]

Locomotives[edit]

Steam[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Image
No. 5541 GWR 4575 Class 2-6-2 T Operational, built in 1928. Owned by the Dean Forest Locomotive Group. BR lined Green with late crest 5541 in Norchard.jpg
NCB No. 3880/WD 152 "Rennes" Austerity 0-6-0 ST Operational, built in 1944. LMR Blue Rennes WD152.jpg
No. 2221 Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 ST Stored, built in 1946 N/A 2221 in a sorry state.jpg
No. 9681 BR(W) 0-6-0 PT GWR 5700 Class Owned by the Dean Forest Locomotive Group. Undergoing overhaul. Expected back in service sometime during 2020. Built in 1949. BR Black (Early Emblem) 9681 sits at Parkend.JPG
No. 9682 BR(W) 0-6-0 PT GWR 5700 Class Bought by the Dean Forest Locomotive Group in late 2018. Overhaul had begun under previous owners, GWR. Preservation Group Ltd at Southall Railway Centre and arrived at Lydney on 10 April 2019. Overhaul will resume once 9681 is completed. 9682 was the 100th locomotive to leave Barry Scrapyard. Built in 1949. BR Black 9682 Chinnor A2.JPG
No. 2147 "Uskmouth 1" Peckett and Sons 0-4-0 ST Undergoing restoration, built in 1952. Arrived in 1971. Light Green Uskmouth 1 at Norchard Dean Forest Railway.JPG
No. 3806 "Wilbert" Austerity 0-6-0 ST Stored awaiting boiler repairs, built in 1953. Arrived in 1973. Named after Rev. W. Awdry in 1987. Formerly G.B Keeling. Dark Blue with Red Lining Wilbert at Parkend (geograph 4376915).jpg
No. 3823 "Warrior" Austerity 0-6-0 ST Stored, built in 1954. NCB Red Warrior before Preservation.jpg
NCB No. 3889/NCB 65 Austerity 0-6-0 ST Stored at Lydney Junction. built in 1964. Departmental Yellow 3389 Dean Forest Railway.jpg
No 2413 Gunby Austerity 0-6-0 ST Awaiting overhaul. built in 1941. 2413 Dean Forest Railway.jpg

Diesel and electric[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Year Image
No. 4210127 Fowler 0-4-0 DM Diesel Shunter Stored awaiting overhaul. N/A 4210127 Dean Forest Railway.jpg
No. 5622 "Don Corbett" Hunslet 0-4-0 Diesel Shunter Operational Departmental Yellow with Wasp-Stripe bufferbeams 5622 Dean Forest Railway.jpg
No. 6688 "Salty" Hunslet 0-4-0 Diesel Shunter Operational, Arrived from the Barry Island Railway in January 2009. Red with Yellow ends and Wasp-Stripes 1968 Salty Collects GUV 11.01.2014 Adam Williams.jpg
No. 3947 "Planet" (Formerly "Pluto") Hibberd 0-4-0 DM Shunter Stored at Norchard, Awaiting overhaul. Green 1960 3947 Dean Forest Railway.jpg
No. 08238 (13308 / D3308) "Charlie" BR 0-6-0 DE Class 08 Stored, Light duties at Lydney Junction only BR Blue with Wasp Stripes 1956 Forest of Dean Railway (9722864699).jpg
No. 08769 (D3937) "Gladys" BR 0-6-0 DE Class 08 Operational. Re-entered service in 2013. BR Green with wasp stripes 1960 Forest of Dean Railway (9726079568).jpg
No. D9521 BR 0-6-0 Class 14 Operational BR Blue 1964 D9521 Norchard Dean Forest Railway.JPG
No. D9555 BR 0-6-0 Class 14 Stored awaiting repairs BR Green 1965 D9555 old oak common depot.jpg
No. 31210 BR A1A-A1A Class 31 Undergoing restoration N/A 1960 31210 before restoration.jpg
No. 31235 BR A1A-A1A Class 31 Stored BR Blue 1960
No. 31466 BR A1A-A1A Class 31 Undergoing overhaul EWS Maroon/Gold 1959 31466 leaving for Gloucester from the Dean Forest Railway.JPG
No. 37308 BR Co-Co Class 37 Undergoing restoration at Lydney Junction BR Blue 1965 Train repairs - geograph.org.uk - 683384.jpg
No. E50619 BR Class 108 DMBS Operational BR Green 1958 No. E50619 at Lydney Junction.jpg
No. M51566 BR Class 108 DMCL Operational BR Green 1959 No. M51566 at Lydney Junction.jpg
No. M51914 BR Class 108 DMBS Operational BR Green 1961 No. M51914 departing Norchard High Level.jpg
No. M56492 BR Class 108 DTCL Operational BR Green 1960 No. M56492 after repaint.jpg
No. M59387 BR Class 108 TSL Operational BR Green 1958 No. M59387 after refurbishment.jpg

Former Steam Locomotives[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Image
No. 1450 GWR 0-4-2T 1400 Class Operational; at the Severn Valley Railway. Built in 1935. Was resident from 2004 to until early 2014. GWR green (as pictured) 1450 & Autocoach at Norchard.jpg
No. 9642 BR(W) 0-6-0PT 5700 Class Undergoing overhaul. Resident from 1998 to 2004 when owned by the South Wales Pannier Group. Sold to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in 2005. Built in 1946 BR Black (Early Emblem) Norchard Station, Dean Forest Railway - geograph.org.uk - 88501.jpg
No. 813 GWR Port Talbot Railway 0-6-0ST Operational. Now at the Severn Valley Railway. Built in 1901. Was on hire for the 2004 season. GWR Green 1929-34 Livery Port Talbot railway no 26, built Hudswell Clarke & Co 1901, works no 555, becoming GWR 813. Sold to Backworth Colliery in 1901 as no 12, renumbered 12 by NCB. Withdrawn 1967 & privately preserved. (9922395584).jpg
No. 5521 GWR 2-6-2T 4575 Class Under overhaul at the Flour Mill. Built in 1928. Had running in tests during early 2007, before spells on the railway between 2010 and 2012, before returning briefly in October 2016 appearing as L150. London Transport Maroon, running as number L.150. No steam today (4793995720) (2).jpg
No. 4953 "Pitchford Hall" GWR 4900 Class Undergoing overhaul. Spent its early years of Preservation at the DFR. Now at the Epping Ongar Railway. Built in 1929 BR Green GWR 4900 Class 4953 Pitchford Hall.jpg
No. 4150 GWR 2-6-2T 5101 Class Restoration in progress at the Severn Valley Railway. Spent its early years of Preservation at the DFR 1974 - 1977. Built in 1947. BR Green 4150 at Bewdley.jpg
28 Taff Vale Railway O1 class Restoration in progress at the Gwili Railway. Was at the DFR in 1990s Built in 1897. GWR Green Taff Vale Railway locomotive no 28 at Caerphilly 1983.jpg
GWR 7800 Class 7812 'Erlestoke Manor' GWR 7800 Class Operational, at the Severn Valley Railway. Spend its early years of Preservation at the DFR. Built in 1939 BR Green Class 78xx No 7812 Erlestoke Manor (8063163476).jpg

Former Diesel Locomotives[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Image
No. 2145 Hunslet 0-4-0DM Diesel Shunter Moved to Tanet Valley Light Railway Green
No. 08473 BR Class 08 Scrapped, Spares for 08734. BR Blue 08473 scrapped at Lydney.jpg
No. 08734 BR Class 08 Undergoing Restoration. BR Blue Lydney Junction railway station MMB 01 08734.jpg
No. D7633 BR Bo-Bo Class 25 Sold; awaiting overhaul; leaking header tank BR Two-Tone Green 7633 Dean Forest Railway April 1 2007.jpg
No. 47524 BR Co-Co Class 47 Scrapped Rail_Express_Systems
No. 73001 BR Bo-Bo Class 73 Sold; Operational BR Blue E6001 Dean forest railway 070507 d.adkins.jpg
No. 73002 BR Bo-Bo Class 73 Sold; parts donor BR Large Logo Blue Lydney Junction railway station MMB 06 73002.jpg
No. 1499 BR(W) British Rail Class 421 Scrapped 2012. South West Trains CIG set Dean Forest Railway.JPG

Visiting Steam Locomotives[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Image
No. 41312 LMS Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T 1312 Operational, Visited the DFR in 2018 for the Royal Forest of Steam Gala. Built in 1952. BR Black with late emblem Mid Hants Railway - steamy Mickey (geograph 4865447).jpg
No. 30587 LSWR 0298 Class Operational, Visited the DFR in 2009 for the Severn & Wye 200th Anniversary Gala and then in 2016 for the Flour Mill 20th Anniversary Gala. Built in 1874. BR Black with early emblem LSWR 0298 Class Beattie Well Tank 2.jpg
No. 30120 LSWR T9 Class Operational, Visited the DFR in 2016 for the Flour Mill 20th Anniversary Gala. Built in 1899. BR Lined Black with early emblem Rth Rly SR LSWR 30120 SVR 22.09.12R edited-2.jpg
Met No.1 Metropolitan Railway E Class Operational, Visited the DFR in 2016 for the Flour Mill 20th Anniversary Gala. Built in 1898. Metropolitan Railways Red Metropolitan Railway E Class No 1.JPG
WD 132 Sapper Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST Operational, Visited the DFR in 2011, 2015 and 2017. Built in 1944 WD Green WD132 Sapper South of Middle Forge Junction Dean Forest Railway.JPG
75008 Swiftsure Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST Operational, Visited the DFR in 2017 / 2018. Built in 1943 WD Green 18I02I2016 Hunslet Austerity WD75008 SWIFTSURE NVR D1.jpg
Jessie Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST Operational, and had visited the DFR for their Day out with Thomas events as Thomas. Also was on loan for most of 2006 in normal state. Having been working at Llangollen Railway for many years, 2019 saw a move to the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway will return for the 2019 Gala. Built in 1937. Black Thomas looking on.jpg
City of Truro 3440 (3717) GWR 3700 Class, or City Class, 4-4-0 Non Operational, Visited the DFR in 1991 for the opening of St Marys Halt (then called Lydney Lakeside) and again in 2010 for 200th anniversary of the Severn & Wye Railway. Built in 1903 GWR Green Parkend railway station MMB 10 3717 "City of Truro".jpg
41708 (1704) Midland Railway 1377 Class Non Operational, Visited the DFR in 1994 and when run as a half cab now at Barrow Hill Engine Shed. Built in 1880 BR Black with early emblem 41720 at Norchard in 1994.jpg
1369 GWR 1366 Class Under Overhaul, Visited the DFR in 1996 now at South Devon. Built in 1934 BR Black with early emblem GWR 1369, Oldland Common.JPG
1466 GWR 1400 Class Under Overhaul at Norchard by Western Steam Engineering and due to return to traffic by 2021. Visited the DFR in 1995. Built in 1934 BR Green with early emblem 4866 Didcot (1).jpg
47383 LMS Fowler Class 3F Static Display, Visited the DFR in 1995 now at Severn Valley Railway. Built in 1926 BR Green with early emblem Severn Valley 1940's Weekend (9239183450).jpg
GWR 7800 Class 7802 'Bradley Manor' GWR 7800 Class Operational, at the Severn Valley Railway. Visited the DFR in 2006 for the opening of Parkend. Built in 1938 BR Green 7802 Bradley Manor 01.jpg
3205 GWR 2251 Class Under Overhaul, at the South Devon Railway . Visited the DFR in 2001 . Built in 1946 GWR Green 3205 at Norchard.jpg
5199 GWR_5101_Class Operational, at the Llangollen Railway. Visited the DFR in 2019 . Built in 1934 BR Black Splash Point - 5199 down train.JPG

Visiting Diesel Locomotives and Multiple units[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Image
No. D2069 British Rail Class 03 Operational, Visited the DFR in 2019 for the Diesel Gala. Built in 1959. BR Green D2069 at Doncaster Works.JPG
D9537 British Rail Class 14 Operational, Visited the DFR in 2015 for the Diesel Gala. Built in 1965. BR Sand Preston Riverside station - D9537+D9539.JPG
D8568 British Rail Class 17 Operational, Visited the DFR in 2017 for the Diesel Gala. Built in 1963. BR Green Bewdley - D8568 arriving from Kidderminster.JPG
D8188/20059 British Rail Class 20 Operational, Visited the DFR in 2017 for the Diesel Gala. Built in 1961. BR Green 08I08I2015 Spa Valley Railway A3.jpg
D5343 British Rail Class 26 Operational, Visited the DFR in 2016 for the Diesel Gala. Built in 1959.. BR Blue 26014, 26008 - inverness - sep 1977.jpg
33063/ D6583 R.J. Mitchell British Rail Class 33 Operational, Visiting the DFR in 2019 for the Diesel Gala. Built in 1962. Railfreight Mainline Sector Crompton 33 063.JPG
D832 Onslaught British_Rail_Class_42 Operational, Visited the DFR in 2018 for the Diesel Gala. BR Green Crowcombe 832 light engine to Bishops Lydeard.jpg
79900 'Iris' British Rail Derby Lightweight Operational, Visited the DFR in 2016 for the DMU Convention Gala. BR Green Derby Lightweight Single Unit 79900.jpg
150244 British Rail Class 150 Operational, Visited the DFR on 22.3.2014 with a through train from Gloucester to Parkend for the Multiple Unit Festival. FGW local Hugh llewelyn 150 244 (6453644321).jpg
DEMU unit 1001 British Rail Class 201 Operational, Visited the DFR in 2012 and 2019 with a rail tour from Hastings. Build 1957. BR Green Haywards Heath - 201001 in platform 1.JPG

For the 2001 diesel gala a number of diesel were display at Lydney Junction. These were 37029,37308,37906, D172, 47306, 56111, 60081, 66250 and 66524.

Coaches[edit]

Great Western Railway coaching stock[edit]

Design Type Number Status Livery Notes
Collett Standard TK 5813 Static Chocolate and Cream Built in 1934 Used as sales coach to raise funds for 0-6-0PT No. 9681
Collett Standard TK 5863 Static Chocolate and Cream Built in 1934 Used as volunteer accommodation coach
Collett Standard BCK 7362 awaiting overhaul None Built in 1941
Hawksworth (but to Collet Standard outline) Inspection Saloon W80943 Operational Chocolate and Cream Built in 1948 80943 Dean Forest Railway.jpg

British Railways coaching stock[edit]

Design Type Number Status Livery Notes
BR Mk1 TSO 4729 Stored Chocolate and Cream XP64
BR Mk1 TSO 4862 Undergoing repairs Chocolate and Cream
BR Mk1 TSO 4891 Stored Chocolate and Cream
BR Mk1 TSO 4980 Operational Chocolate and Cream
BR Mk1 TSO 4923 Stored Chocolate and Cream
BR Mk1 BSOT 9003 Operational Chocolate and Cream
BR Mk1 BCK 21129 Stored Chocolate and Cream
BR Mk1 BCK 21247 Used for storage
BR Mk1 BCK 21267 To be accommodation Maroon To be used for volunteer accommodation initially with a view to possible passenger service in the medium term
BR Mk1 BSK 34742 Operational Maroon Entered traffic for the first time in preservation in December 2018.
BR Mk1 RMB 1803 Stored Chocolate and Cream
BR Mk1 BG 80654 Used as kitchen Maroon Used as part of cafe kitchen at Norchard.
BR Mk1 BG 81380 Used for storage Maroon At Lydney Junction, was used on passenger trains 2002-2004.
BR Mk2 TSO 5175 Operational Maroon Newly acquired and arrived at the DFR in November 2018.
BR Mk2a TSO 5341 Operational Crimson and Cream Newly acquired and arrived at the DFR in July 2019.

Coach type codes

Wagons[edit]

Design Type Number Status Livery Notes Image
SR 25 Ton Queen Mary Brake 56303 Operational BR Brown Queen Mary Brake Van at Norchard Dean Forest Railway.JPG
BR 20 Ton Standard Brake 955224 Stored BR Brown
LMS 20 Ton Standard Brake 732268 Stored BR Brown
LMS 20 Ton Standard Brake 732400 Operational BR Brown LMS Brake Van M732400 Dean Forest Railway.JPG
BR 20 Ton Shark Brake DB993901 Operational BR Grey 993901 Plough Brake Van 'Shark' at Norchard.jpg
GWR 20 Ton Toad Brake W68480 Operational BR Grey 68480 GWR Brake Van at Norchard.jpg
GWR 20 Ton Toad Brake 17488 Awaiting repairs GWR Grey Purchased from the GWR Preservation Group alongside Pannier 9682, arrived April 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dean Forest Railway History". Dean Forest Railway website. Dean Forest Railway. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  2. ^ "A combination of rail and add-on discounted ticket to Dean Forest Railway". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Trains to the Dean Forest Railway". CrossCountry. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "Dean Forest Railway History". Dean Forest Railway website. Dean Forest Railway. Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Dean Forest Railway announces 7 years to Cinderford". Unseen Steam. Retrieved 20 October 2016.

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