Accommodation Coach Replacement
For many years, the Dean Forest Railway Society has provided volunteer accommodation in an ex-GWR Collett Third no. 5863, with compartments converted to provide bunk beds. In 2017, it was decided that this coach has deteriorated to the point where it will need to be replaced. To do this, the DFRS has purchased a professionally converted Mark 1 BCK carriage, which previously saw service as a support coach for a mainline charter company.
This carriage was transported to Cranmore Train Maintenance Services for repair work to doors and windows, as well as certain other tasks to bring it up to scratch. The carriage was delivered in early 2019, and repainted into a smart coat of BR Maroon. Progress from this point depends on the relaying of the 'long siding' at Norchard, where the carriage will reside. Years of decay have left this stretch of track unusable, so our committed volunteers are taking the time to completely relay the siding as well as clear the site surrounding it of discarded items and vegetation. We expect the new accommodation coach to be officially open for us in early 2020, ready for our 50th Anniversary celebrations!