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Dean Forest Railway – New Season Starts!
The inaugural running day for the 2014 season at the Dean Forest Railway will be Sunday 2nd March – and the railway is taking a very bold step and will not be charging fares for ordinary travel. Yes you did read that correctly!
The idea is to put the Dean Forest Railway on the map and open up to anyone who might not have previously thought about a ride on the heritage railway.
That does not mean that the Railway wants passengers to travel for free. It expects you to pay what you wish, or what you feel the experience was worth.
Passengers will still need to carry a valid ticket which can be obtained from either Norchard or Parkend Stations, or from travelling ticket inspectors. The Rover ticket offers unlimited travel on the railway, utilising the two trains running, and passengers can alight at any of the five stations along the way -and enjoy a walk in the Forest or a drink at one of the local real ale pubs!
The Railway runs from Lydney Junction at the southern end (adjacent to the Lydney mainline railway station) to Parkend at the Northern end covering a 4.25 mile route through the Forest of Dean. The main station is Norchard which is easily reached on the B4234 a mile north of Lydney, and offers a large free car park, museum, shop and cafe on site.