Mark 2 Carriage Appeal

The Dean Forest Railway is currently undertaking the most comprehensive carriage refurbishment programme in its history. This will see each coach fully surveyed and restored to a high standard, ready to carry passengers for many generations to come. 

A side effect of this project is the lack of available running stock, while the coaches are being worked on. To counteract this, the DFR Society has agreed to purchase 2 ex-BR Mark 2 coaches to provide seating capacity both in the short-term, to cover the out-of-service Mark 1s, and also in the longer term when we hope to extend the line and therefore will require more coaching stock anyway.

As of May 2019, the DFRS has purchased both coaches, with M5175 arriving at Norchard late in 2018. Engineering work on W5341 is nearing completion, and we hope to take delivery of the carriage in the very near future. Meanwhile, M5175 has received a new coat of paint and lining, and is due to be outshopped in early June!

Our Mark 2 Carriage Appeal is therefore effectively closed - many thanks to all the generous donors who contributed to the purchase of these coaches. Once both coaches have arrived and been accepted into service, we will distribute details of our official inaugural run to which all donors will be be invited.

How to Help

You can help by donating to our Mark 2 Carriage Appeal - there are many ways to do this:

- Donate to our JustGiving campaign at:

- Donate directly via PayPal: 

- Send cheques (Payable to "Dean Forest Railway Society" or cash to:

DFRS Coach Appeal,

Dean Forest Railway,

Forest Road,


GL15 4ET

All donors will be invited to an exclusive “first trip” launch event in the coaches and a roll of honour will be published in the Society Magazine. In addition, donations of:

- £250 or greater will receive a 5 year Membership

- £500 or greater will receive a 10 year Membership

- £1,000 or greater will receive a Life Membership

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

01594 845840

©2018 Dean Forest Railway Society