The Dean Forest Railway Society fully supports ambitions to extend the DFR north of Parkend, with the first target of Speech House Road / Beechenhurst. The Railway is currently awaiting feedback from the Office of Rail and Road regarding the re-installation of a level crossing just beyond Parkend station, though plans are being drawn up in the background.
In October 2018, Network Rail very generously donated around 3 miles of track from disused branch lines on the Wye Valley and Glascoed lines. This quantity of material would be sufficient for the DFR to extend to the bottom of Serridge Bank, a 2200 yard gradient of 1 in 40. The DFRS has committed to manage the project of removing the rail and sleepers from these locations, and moving them to the DFR for intermediate storage and later use for the extension. If you would like to help out, please get in contact with us!
The road ahead, north of Parkend
A glimpse of the future? No. 41312 rolls into Parkend from the Speech House Road direction