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Dean Forest Railway

Lydney, United Kingdom
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About Dean Forest Railway
A heritage railway running through the Forest of Dean run by volunteers. We now have 5 stations along the line - with great walks and local pubs accessible from many.We regularly have special events - such as visits from Thomas the Tank engine, Bygone Branchline days and Sanata Specials for Xmas. At Norchard we have a large free car-park, a well stocked shop selling a vast array of books, toys and gifts - as well as a fascinating museum transporting you back in history! Our southern terminus at Lydney Junction is only a 2 minute walk from the mainline Lydney station - and through ticketing is available - so you can buy a ticket from Birmingham to Parkend! Every penny spent goes towards restoring heritage rail travel.
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JohnRWebb wrote a review Today
Eastbourne, United Kingdom1903 contributions172 helpful votes
Awesome visit and ride on our first Steam Railway we discovered online and booked our tickets for. We started our visit at Norchard Station and travelled through Whitecroft towards Parkend where the steam engine took on water before turning around and taking us back through Whitecroft and Norchard Stations before stopping at Lydney Town and Lydney Junction before taking us back to Norchard station where we started from. We enjoyed this our first steam train journey of our staycation. Well worth doing for us and all others on this train ride we all took. So if you love steam trains try this lovely little steam engine ride yourself. John & Sue Eastbourne UK
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Roger G wrote a review 22 Jun
Glasgow, United Kingdom2475 contributions732 helpful votes
We arrived on a day with no trains running, but Parkend Station was open to visitors with a book shop in the ticket office/waiting room full of interesting and well priced items. Lots of volunteers working hard and everything looking well cared for and full of authentic railway feel. Whitecroft Station was not open and looks a bit neglected with a signal box in need of TLC and railway rolling stock stored on a partial passing loop. We couldn't get near Norchard or Lydney thanks to extensive road closures.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Daveycumbers wrote a review 1 Jun
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Very disappointed.. Think it needs to be honest on the actual time moving on the rails. 85 mins suggested journey time, suggests a nostalgic trip through the forest.. Nostalgic it may be waiting 40 mins in stations for the engine to rotate ends. With a likely rail motion time of 20 minutes. If rail nostalgia is your thing you may not mind this.. Scenic it is not. Unless you care for the inside of people's properties and contents of washing lines. Not to mention the variety of sand and bricks stored in the two builders merchants that back on to the railway. I know this is a volunteers project and good luck to them
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Torfaen45 wrote a review May 2022
Cwmbran, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
excellent day out on this very well run heriatge railway in the heart of the Forest of Dean, can recommend it to casual visitors or railway fan
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Date of experience: April 2022
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FrequentTraveller150 wrote a review May 2022
London62 contributions78 helpful votes
Friendly staff but really disappointing journey. Thought we would have a lovely steam train ride through beautiful scenery. Actual experience was a stop after 10 mins with a 20 min stop on a platform. Another stop shortly after again for 20 mins. Then back on train and back to start. Scenery consisted of rough back gardens, builders merchants and a little of the forest. Really not worth the time or money.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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