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Brake Van Special

The ultimate socially-distanced way to authentically experience the Dean Forest Railway

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Veranda behind the 08 loco 'Gladys' Up to 6 people
Veranda behind the Class 14 loco D9521 Up to 6 people

Join us for a special journey through the Forest in one of our restored brake vans, hauled by a heritage diesel locomotive, to experience the wind in your hair as you experience life as a goods guard back in the time when the Forest’s railways were a vital transport route for freight.

During October we will have our Class 14 Teddy Bear D9521 hauling the brake van on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 11th October, and our 08 shunter ‘Gladys’ on Saturday 17th & Sunday 25th October.

You and your party (up to 6 people) will have a veranda (one end of the brake van) to yourself for a round trip of our line. We’ll first head to Parkend, where you will be able to see the locomotive run round your train. Then, a non-stop run to Lydney Junction will be followed by some time exploring rarely-visited loops and sidings at Lydney, followed by a return to Norchard. The brake van will be thoroughly cleaned between trips for your safety. Unfortunately, this experience is unsuitable for under 12’s.