Dean Forest Railway

Dean Forest Railway

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
Commercial operations
Original gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preserved operations
Stations 5 open
Length 4.25 miles (6.8 km)
Preserved gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Commercial history
Preservation history
[v · d · e]Dean Forest Railway
Unknown BSicon "exCONTg"
Severn and Wye Railway
Station on track
Lydney Town
Interchange end
Lydney Junction for Gloucester to Newport Line

The Dean Forest Railway is a 4.25-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 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. Services were extended from Norchard to Lydney Lakeside in 1991, Lydney Junction in 1995/96, Tufts Junction in 2001, and to Whitecroft in 2003. HM Railway Inspectorate approval for the section to Parkend was granted in December 2005. Trains are operated by both steam and heritage diesel locomotives, and heritage diesel multiple units.

The Dean Forest railway has recently 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 will be placed at Whitecroft railway station.

There are plans to extend operations a further 2+12 miles (4.0 km) towards Speech House (located in the middle of the Royal Forest) via Coleford Junction and Bisclade Wharf once current projects are complete and funding obtained.


Stations and junctions


Number & Name Description Current Status Livery
No. 1450 GWR 0-4-2T 1400 Class Operational GWR Green
No. 5538 GWR 2-6-2T 4575 Class Undergoing restoration N/A
No. 5541 GWR 2-6-2T 4575 Class Undergoing overhaul;[1] due to return in 2012[dated info][citation needed] N/A
No. 9681 BR(W) 0-6-0PT 5700 Class Operational BR Black (Early Emblem)
No. 2147 Uskmouth 1 Peckett and Sons 0-4-0ST Static display Light Green
No. 2221 Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST Stored N/A
No. 3806 "Wilbert" Austerity Saddle Tank Engine 0-6-0ST Undergoing overhaul Dark Blue
No. 3823 "Warrior" Austerity Saddle Tank Engine 0-6-0ST Undergoing restoration N/A

Bill Parker's GWR 2-6-2T 4575 Class number 5521 is currently on loan to the DFR working service trains.

Diesel and electric
Number & Name Description Current Status Livery
No. 5622 "Don Corbett" Hunslet 0-4-0 Diesel Shunter Undergoing restoration by the Dean Forest Railway Younger Members, due to return in 2011.[citation needed] Departmental Yellow with Wasp Stripes[citation needed]
No. 6688 "Salty" Hunslet 0-4-0 Diesel Shunter 6688 arrived from the Barry Island Railway in January 2009 and operational. Red with Yellow ends and Wasp-Stripes
"Pluto" Hibberd 0-4-0 Diesel Mechanical Shunter Operational Green
No. 08238 (13308) "Charlie" BR 0-6-0 Class 08 Back in service after a heavy overhaul - Operational BR Blue with Wasp Stripes
No. 08473 BR 0-6-0 Class 08 Spare parts donor BR Blue
No. 08734 BR 0-6-0 Class 08 Undergoing a rebuild with parts from 08473 BR Blue
no. D9521 BR 0-6-0 Class 14 Operational BR Green
No. D9555 BR 0-6-0 Class 14 Failed - Frost damage; on long-term loan from Rutland Railway Museum BR Green
No. D7633 BR Bo-Bo Class 25 Stored awaiting overhaul; leaking header tank BR Two-Tone Green
No. 27066 BR Bo-Bo Class 27 Operational BR Blue
No. D5634/31210 BR A1A-A1A Class 31 Undergoing restoration N/A
No. 31466 BR A1A-A1A Class 31 Operational EWS Maroon/Gold
No. 37263 BR Co-Co Class 37 Undergoing restoration BR Blue
No. E6001 BR Bo-Bo Class 73 Operational BR Green
No. 73002 BR Bo-Bo Class 73 Static display/Spare parts donor for E6001 BR Large Logo Blue
No. E50619 BR Class 108 DMBS Operational BR Green
No. M51566 BR Class 108 DMCL Undergoing restoration BR Blue/Grey
No. M51914 BR Class 108 DMBS Operational BR Green
No. M50933/M53933 BR Class 108 DMBS Sold to Severn Valley Railway BR Green
No. M56492 BR Class 108 DTCL Operational BR Green
No. M59387 BR Class 108 TSL Undergoing restoration BR Green
Unit No. 1392 BR Class 421(4-CIG) Stored - Heavily vandalised - Spare parts donor South West Trains
Unit No.1499 [2] BR Class 421(4-CIG) Undergoing restoration South West Trains/Southern Region Malachite Green


Great Western Railway Coaching Stock

Design Type Number Status Livery Notes
Collett Autocoach 178 Operational Chocolate and Cream Often paired with 0-4-2T No. 1450 and spends time away at gala events
Hawksworth Autocoach W238 Operational Maroon Formerly at the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway where it carried the name "Charlotte", now carries "Chaffinch"
Collett Standard TK 5813 Static Chocolate and Cream Used as sales coach to raise funds for 0-6-0PT No. 9681
Collett Standard TK 5863 Static Chocolate and Cream Used as volunteer accommodation coach
Collett Standard TK 5848 Stored Unpainted Stored at Lydney Jcn
Hawksworth (but to Collet Standard outline) Inspection Saloon W80943 Out of Traffic Chocolate and Cream Axle box issues

British Railways Coaching Stock

  • Special Coaches
  • BR Mk1 RBR M1665 'Rosie' – Part of Dining Set (In Service)
  • BR Mk1 RMB 1829 – part of Dining Set (In Service)
  • XP64 Coach TSO 4729 (Sheeted over)
  • XP64 Coach FK 13407 (Sheeted over)
  • Normal Passenger BR Mk1 Coaches
  • BR Mk1 RMB W1803
  • BR Mk1 TSO W4862, W4890, W4891, W4923
  • BR Mk1 BSOT W9003
  • BR Mk1 FK 13317
  • BR Mk1 BCK W21129 and 21247
  • BR Mk1 BSK 34742
  • BR Mk1 BG 92387

Plus a number of other coaches including a few at Lydney Jcn, in the DFDA siding; Norchard – Plate-layers Buffet, in the yard (including GWR Coaches, stored) and the 9681 shop.

Coach type codes


  1. ^ "5541 - Great Western Prairie". Dean Forest Railway website. Dean Forest Railway. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  2. ^ [1]

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