I'm new to this forum (but not to the DFRS), so please excuse me if I'm reinventing the wheel .... Does anyone know if there are plans to improve the overall visitor experience to the railway. I understand how the special event days work, but on an ordinary fare-paying journey on an ordinary non-event day, it seems to me that the trackside needs something more than just weeds and derelict bits of track, buildings and trucks. The countryside and woods are fine, as are some of the quaint houses. Some of the old industrial bits might be good for some tidying to make them look more interesting. Also, more displays like the little track display at Norchard High Level? How do other heritage railways make the visit more interesting? Think of SVR and NYMR efforts. What the DFR doesn't currently have are interesting end-of-line (external) attractions. Maybe the extension to Speech House Road will provide something good (Beechenhurst, Speech House, Cycling centre, etc.) but what about Lydney? Has anyone caught the vintage bus from Broadway station to Broadway on the GWSR to experience a break from just sitting on a train? Maybe a bus link to the Dean Heritage Centre?
We should all be really interested in thoughts and ideas that could lead to practicable initiatives for improving the 'experience'.