New Volunteer’s Day at Dean Forest Railway

DFR Vols

Ever fancied driving a steam locomotive, operating a signalbox, or restoring a carriage?

The Dean Forest Railway Society is holding an open day on Saturday 19th May for members of the public, interested in volunteering at the railway, to take a look behind the scenes and find out more about the roles on offer.

Potential volunteers will get the chance to look behind the scenes in a signal box, take a free ride on the train to Parkend, see restoration work close-up on a tour of the restoration workshops, and chat with our volunteers to see what it’s really like!

The day will start at 11am at Norchard Station, with a talk outlining the opportunities for all available at the railway, from Café and Shop work, locomotive crews, guards and signalmen, to heavy maintenance and restoration work. Representatives will be on hand from various areas of the railway to hopefully sign up lots of new recruits!

Alastair Clarke, Dean Forest Railway Society Chairman, said “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation, and in order to continue to develop the railway we need to recruit new volunteers to join our team. The railway has a handful of paid staff, mainly in catering and administrative roles, and most of what you see along our line has been built, is maintained and is operated by volunteers who do it for the sheer satisfaction of running a heritage railway. We’re hoping to see many new faces on 19th May. I’d encourage anyone who is interested to come along and explore the varied range of opportunities we have available.”

The DFR’s main centre at Norchard Station is just north of Lydney and well marked by brown tourism signposts. It is less than a 45-minute drive from Bristol, Newport, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury, whilst Worcester, Hereford, Cardiff and Bath are all within the hour by car: Severn Bridge tolls will cease by the end of the year!

Booking for this event is essential so for more details, or to book a place, please telephone the railway on 01594 845840 or email


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