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Brake Van Special

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

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Adult Age 18+
Child 12-17 Only

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.

Your full round trip begins with a non-stop run to Lydney Junction, followed by a journey through the forest north to Parkend, where you will be able to see the locomotive run round, before returning to Norchard to complete your journey. Unfortunately, this experience is unsuitable for under 12’s.


Off-Peak Days 10:40, 12:30 and 14:10.
Operating on available dates in 2022 before Sunday 10th April and after Saturday 8th October.

Peak Days 9:40, 11:30, 13:10 and 15:00.
Operating on available dates in 2022 between Sunday 10th April and Saturday 8th October.

Your journey lasts between 1 hour 25 minutes and 1 hour 40 minutes, depending on the departure time.