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Dean Forest Railway

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Talking to Bears 00, Sep 16, 2018.

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    5944 Resident of Nat Pres

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    With apologies to John Cleese...

    Well may I ask what you expected to see out of a Dean Forest Railway train window? Sydney Opera House perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain?

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    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

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    I knew what to expect and I wasn't disappointed. But the non enthusiast with me was underwhelmed. A two hour visit was the limit.
     
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    I always enjoy a trip on the line too. Agree with what you say but I like the trees! The winding route and trees make it seem much longer than it really is and add to the interest of the pleasantly short trip. But the main interest of the line is its industrial history. The route and the Forest generally, is full of the remains of mining and other industries together with their associated tramways and railways. These are well documented in books in the excellent shop and museum and you can see the remains from the line. The railway is trying to make the best of them, eg recently restored wagons either side of the former siding whose rails cross the road at Parkend. Plenty of walks on the old routes too with more remains to see.
     
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    This looks rather splendid:
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    Is free-mined Forest of Dean Coal any good for firing Locos ?
     
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    I’ve used it in my traction engine and it burns well, if a little smokey. I got a bag of it from Hopewell colliery after doing an underground tour there.
     
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    Looks the proverbial etc. I had a look at the DFR FB group and it looks like Rennes is still sat out of use. Wasn't it on the cards to be repaired?
     
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    It is. Repairs are well underway.
     
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    Thank you for the update. I wasnt sure of the scope of the work and I know a lot of effort went in to getting 9681 finished.
     
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    Did you bring it to Speech House Rally, a local pit supplied a fair bit of Yorkley seam coal for it. It's a nice lump but a mite smokey until it gets hot. High Delf would have been perfect, but getting decent sized lump is difficult as there's not much left of it and what's left tends to get crushed by the strata
     
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