The Dean Forest Railway has been presented with an unmissable opportunity 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 (having recent mainline service), 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. The Society, and the Members have dug deep to pledge £12,000 already - thats 20% of the target, and we are now fundraising for the remaining £48,000.

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:

BR Mark 2 coach M5292:

Interior of a Mark 2 coach:

Footplate experience

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