Date: 13th to 15th Sep -
The Dean Forest Railway diesel gala will this year star visiting Class 33, 33063 R.J. Mitchell, courtesy of the South East Locomotive Group. It is named after the designer of the iconic Spitfire aircraft.
Photo by Nick Birse, taken from Wikimedia Commons
The gala will also feature home locomotives, including D9521 and D3937, plus a very special visit from the 03 locomotive D2069, running it's first workings since its restoration at the Vale of Berkeley Railway!
D2069 at Norchard Station, photo by James Graham
An intensive timetable will be in operation, with passenger and freight workings, including our rake of Dogfish ballast hoppers. For a small supplement, it will be possible to ride in the brake van on the ballast trains, experiencing the thrill of life as a freight guard.
Daytime travel tickets will be available, and we will also be operating an evening dining train and "Beer-Ex" on the Saturday evening, hauled by the visiting locomotive. Tickets for the dining train are separate from the gala tickets - click here for more information - whereas your daytime tickets will cover the evening "Beer-Ex" train.
Our cafe will be open throughout, and our new bar at Norchard will have a variety of local real ales and ciders to enjoy.
So join us for three days of diesel haulage in the Forest!