Dean Forest Railway - Why not drive a train?
The Rock is also very popular with people attending the Dean Forest Railway Branch line experience day where you get a chance to drive a train an ideal present for the heritage railway enthusiast. The Rock B and B is located a 10 minute drive from The Dean Forest Railway at Parkend although the main carpark is at Norchard For people interested in walking The Dean Forest Railway makes and interesting change, as it is possible to combine a steam train ride with short walks from different stations. these are available at the different stations. Originally the line ran from Cinderford to Lydney transporting Coal for the mines to Lydney Harbour. The remaining line is just over 4 miles long and links with British rail mainline station at Lydney Junction. I understand they don't actually own any steam trains, leasing them for the days they run steam. Trains don't run every day, generally running on Sundays and during the Summer Wednesdays Saturday and Sunday. Please check their website for exactly whats running when www.deanforestrailway.co.uk This year on the 1st March, which is St Davids day, enthusiasts are waiting the arrival of the steam locomotive Mayflower. Mayflower will stop at Lydney main line station, it will not run on the Dean Forest Railway lines as it is making a special run from Paddington to Cardiff. Some people will get off at Lydney to explore the dean forest railway while locals can embark on a return trip to Cardiff stopping at Chepstow en route.
Other railway related activities in the forest
- Perrygrove Railway a railway for children of all ages see www.perrygrove.co.uk
- GWR museum is conveniently Located in the centre of Coleford
A little further away but worth a visit
- Brecon Mountain railway with superb south wales scenery see www.brecon mountain railway.com
- Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with scenery through the Cotswold countryside see www.gwsr.com .
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