Coaching Stock Appeal

We're over half way there - help us reach our target!

The Dean Forest Railway Society is fundraising to acquire two ex-British Rail Mark 2 coaches in order to strengthen the fleet of serviceable coaching stock. This will help enable the continued operation and future growth of the DFR as the railway expands to Speech House Road and beyond.

A lack of available coaching stock is one of the biggest constraints facing any growing railway and this is opportunity is far too good to miss. The coaches are in good running order, and only need a brake system modification in order to enter service on the DFR (they require the fitting of vacuum brakes).

The total cost of the two Mark 2 coaches, including transport and brake modification is £60,000.

Our appeal is already over the half-way mark, and we have purchased the first coach (W5341) which is now at our chosen engineering contractor's premises for brake modifications.

However, to purchase the second we really need your help to keep to reach out £60,000 target!

Any support you can give would be gratefully received and would help to build a coaching stock fleet fit for the future. Donations can be made by heading to our just giving page (here), or by sending a cheque made out to the Dean Forest Railway Society and sending to "DFRS Coach Appeal, Dean Forest Railway, Forest Road, Lydney, Glos, GL15 4ET".

BR Mark 2 coach W5341:

Interior of a Mark 2 coach:

Footplate experience

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