DFRS Emergency Fund

Following the onset of the Coronavirus outbreak in March 2020, the Dean Forest Railway had little choice but to close temporarily, not reopening for limited services until 1st August, and losing a huge amount of visitor income. We are now facing another lengthy shutdown in 2021.  Help us to keep the DFR on its feet, and preserve 50 years of hard work!

On Monday 16th March 2020, the Dean Forest Railway announced the suspension of services, after just one weekend of the new running season. Following Governmental advice that the public should not undertake non-essential travel and to avoid social gatherings where possible, it was felt that there was no other alternative to protect the safety of both visitors and volunteers alike. Unfortunately, the daily overheads of a 4 and a quarter mile long heritage railway do not stop when trains do, and with this loss of visitor income the Railway now faces a severe threat to its existence.  Although we have run limited services in 2020, further lockdowns have hit the railway hard, and this is made all the more disappointing when 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the inauguration of the original Dean Forest Railway Preservation Society. As such, we are appealing to the public and our valued supporters for much-needed funds to help secure the existence of our Railway for future generations to enjoy.  Although we have now reached our initial target of £50,000 for which we are hugely grateful, we are keeping the appeal running whilst the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the railway.

Update 10/01/2021 - TOTAL FUND NOW STANDS AT £71,207!

How to Help

Cheque / Cash

We are always happy to accept donations directly. The address to send any physical donations to is:

Dean Forest Railway Society,

109 Victoria Street,



GL14 2HU

Cheques must be addressed to 'Dean Forest Railway Society'. We would be most grateful if you could supply your contact details so that we may acknowledge your donation.


You can donate £10 by texting DFRS to 70191. 


For this service, donations are processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme, operating as DONATE, a charity registered in England and Wales (1149800) and Scotland (SC045106). In addition to any text donation, you will incur your standard network message charge (based on your service provider rates). For Terms & Conditions, see www.easydonate.org

Online Donations

There are two ways to donate to the DFRS online. You can transfer funds via online banking to the following bank details:

Sort code: 30-91-87

Account no.: 01931161

Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal using the link below:

When donating online, it would be greatly appreciated if you could send us an email at society@deanforestrailway.co.uk - that way we can make a note of where the money has come from, and also thank you for your contribution!

Gift Aid

By submitting an online Gift Aid form, we are able to claim 25% of the value of your donation from HMRC, at no expense to yourself. You can do this by following the link below:

Norchard Station, Forest Road, Lydney, Glos. GL15 4ET

01594 845840