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£6,050raised of £48,000 target by 90 supporters

Weʼre raising £48,000 to acquire and convert two ex-British Rail Mark 2 coaches for use on the Dean Forest Railway

Lydney, UK

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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.

If the acquisition is successful - all donors will be invited to an exclusive “first trip” launch event in the coaches and a roll of honour will be published in the magazine.

In addition, Donations of:

£250 or greater will receive a 5 year Membership of the Dean Forest Railway Society.

£500 or greater will receive a 10 year Membership of the Dean Forest Railway Society.

£1,000 or greater will receive a Life Membership of the Dean Forest Railway Society.

BR Mark 2 coach W5341:

BR Mark 2 coach M5292:

Interior of a Mark 2 coach:

Monies raised will be transferred to the Forest of Dean Railway Limited/Dean Forest Railway Company Limited in order to affect the purchase in the most cost effective way. Should the project not proceed as anticipated any donated funds will be used for ongoing refurbishment of our existing fleet.

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  • Dean Forest Railway Society1 month ago
    Dean Forest Railway Society

    Dean Forest Railway Society

    1 month ago

    We have now raised a total of £30,000 across all channels - 50% of our target! This will allow us to purchase the first coach and have it sent for modification. We would like to thank all contributors so far for their generous support, but it would be great to be able to purchase both available coaches so any further donations are very much appreciated!

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  • Dean Forest Railway Society2 months ago
    Dean Forest Railway Society

    Dean Forest Railway Society

    2 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Thank you to everyone that has dug deep so far and helped us rasie £5,655 so far (thats well over 11% of our £48,000 target). With funds raised via other channels - we are getting close to making the first coach a reality - but we can't do it without your help

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  • Dean Forest Railway Society4 months ago
    Dean Forest Railway Society

    Dean Forest Railway Society

    4 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    that's the first £1000, well done everyone! Lets keep going...

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4 months ago

Dean Forest Railway Society started crowdfunding

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Page last updated on: 8/6/2018 8:39 PM

Supporters

90

  • Stuart Prince

    Stuart Prince

    Aug 6, 2018

    £30.00

  • Chris  Edwards

    Chris Edwards

    Jul 22, 2018

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 21, 2018

    Thought this needed rounding up

    £20.00

  • Andrew Buckley

    Andrew Buckley

    Jul 17, 2018

    Another instalment

    £20.00

  • Valerie Mant

    Valerie Mant

    Jul 9, 2018

    £20.00

  • Alan Merryweather

    Alan Merryweather

    Jul 9, 2018

    £20.00

  • Douglas Johnson

    Douglas Johnson

    Jul 5, 2018

    My next instalment

    £20.00

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Dean Forest Railway Society

Dean Forest Railway Society

Lydney, UK

The Dean Forest Railway Society was formed in 1970 to help preserve the last remaining stretch of the Severn and Wye Railway, in the Royal Forest of Dean. Thanks to the efforts of the members and volunteers - we have 4.5 miles of heritage railway between Lydney and Parkend.

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