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Western Branchline Experience

Crew and participants at the end of the day (14884 bytes) Safely guiding the train over one of the level crossings on the DFR(10180 bytes)

If you're over eighteen and you've ever dreamt of driving a locomotive, working a signal box or acting as guard on a standard gauge railway, then this is your chance!
Whether as a birthday or anniversary gift, or a personal treat for yourself, spend a whole day at the Dean Forest Railway soaking up the ambience of a typical day on a Great Western branch line in the Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

The day starts at 0915 with coffee, the work schedule, and all-important safety instructions, rules and regulations, then it's on with a super day of railway experience consisting of:

  • Driving and firing a Great Western tank engine or one of our diesel locomotives

  • Guard duties on the Brake van

  • Inspection of the workshops, museum and rolling stock

  • Signalling at the 36-lever frame Lydney Junction signal box
    At work in Jydney Junction signal box (7227 bytes)

  • Operating the manual crossing
    Operating the level crossing gates

For early risers and late leavers, preparation and disposal of the loco is also included.
Partners are invited to watch and photograph your special day, and join you for lunch at a modest charge of 7.50 each.

The Price is  325 for the steam experience, or 295 for diesel
which includes a certificate commemorating your visit, and a two-course lunch.

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For further details and bookings

Write to: The Branchline Experience,  Dean Forest Railway, Norchard Forest Road, Lydney, Gloucester. GL15 4ET
Or contact Lynne at the DFR by telephone on: +44 (0)1594 845840 (11.00am to 4.00pm)

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