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Weʼre raising £35,000 to acquire two ex-British Rail Mark 2 coaches for use on the Dean Forest Railway

Lydney, UK

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The Dean Forest Railway is embarking on the most comprehensive programme of carriage overhaul in it's history. All of our existing coaches will be fully reviewed and restored as appropriate within the next few years. To enable the DFR to do this, the Dean Forest Railway Society has agreed to purchase a stock of spare carriages to replace those being taken out of service.

Earlier this year, the DFRS was presented with an unmissable opportunity to acquire two ex-British Rail Mark 2 coaches.The coaches are in good running order (having seen 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 £25,000 already - that's over 40% of the target, and we are now fundraising for the remaining £35,000.

Any support you can give would be gratefully received and would help to build a coaching stock fleet fit for the future.

As of August 2018, we have purchased the first carriage (W5341, shown below) and this is now at our chosen engineering workshop to receive brake modification in order to run with our fleet of heritage locomotives. We still need your help to raise funds for the second spare carriage, all donations are very much appreciated.

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 Society 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:

Interior of a Mark 2 coach:

Any funds raised and not used for the specific purchase of new coaches will be invested in the renovation of our existing coaching fleet.

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  • Dean Forest Railway Society2 months ago
    Dean Forest Railway Society

    Dean Forest Railway Society

    2 months ago

    Big news! Last week we successfully acquired the first Mark 2a coach for use on the Dean Forest Railway, number W5341. Once this has been made available for transport from Burton, it will be moved to our chosen engineering work shop for the addition of vacuum braking, and to ensure that the steam heating system is functional prior to winter service. We will keep you updated as news comes in! Many thanks to everyone who has donated so far - the true value of donations to date is now over £31,000 out of the required £60,000!

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  • Dean Forest Railway Society3 months ago
    Dean Forest Railway Society

    Dean Forest Railway Society

    3 months 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 Society4 months ago
    Dean Forest Railway Society

    Dean Forest Railway Society

    4 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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Page last updated on: 9/23/2018 7:56 AM

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93

  • S GURD

    S GURD

    Sep 23, 2018

    Well done, its not much but hopefully helps, looking forward to when the line comes back to Cinderford, any news when this will happen?Wasn't aware you are doing this as a local, its not well known

    £20.00

  • John A K Davies

    John A K Davies

    Sep 14, 2018

    £100.00

  • Ray Wand

    Ray Wand

    Aug 16, 2018

    Wish you all success with the purchase of the two coaches as you are preserving our social history

  • 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

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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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