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Plan Your Visit

Dean Forest Railway




The off-peak timetable runs on available steam days from Saturday 19th March until Sunday 10th April, and from Saturday 8th October until Sunday 6th November (excluding 26th, 29th & 30th October).


The peak timetable runs on available steam days from Wednesday 13th April until Wednesday 5th October, plus Wednesday 26th October. We will also be running to the times of the first three round trips on the 29th & 30th October, followed by a special Halloween train running into the evening (not available as part of the day rover ticket).


The Steam & DMU timetable is running on Wednesdays from 20th April until 4th May and from 6th July until 31st August. Tickets for the steam train ride are available for single round trips only, but will also cover travel on board the DMU.


Please note that the steam day rover tickets are not available on Wednesdays during July, August or September, or on Wednesdays 13th & 20th April, 1st June and 26th October. On these days only the reserved round trip tickets are available – you can find more information here.

Map of the Line

a close up of a map

Getting Here


The DFR’s Lydney Junction station is less than a 5-minute walk away from the mainline Lydney station. Through trains run to Lydney from Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Chepstow, Newport, Cardiff and Bridgend, operated by either Arriva Trains Wales or Cross Country Trains. Our standard timetable links with many of the services.

Please note that all timed tickets (such as ‘Steam Train Ride’ tickets) are from Norchard Station – if you had wanted to arrive by train and board at Lydney Junction you would need to purchase a day rover ticket (please check availability of day rovers before coming, as on busier days, such as Wednesdays during the summer, they may not be available).


On weekdays, there is a bus approximately every hour from Gloucester and Coleford to Norchard Station (GL15 4ET), with a limited service on Sundays. From Chepstow, there is a service Mon. – Fri to Lydney. There are also local buses on weekdays from Cinderford.


The DFR’s headquarters, Norchard, is situated just outside Lydney on the B4234 Forest Road between Lydney and Whitecroft. Postcode GL15 4ET. Follow the brown tourist signs! Free parking for cars and coaches is only available at Norchard. No designated parking elsewhere.