Royal Forest of Steam Gala

The Dean Forest Railway proudly introduces its new annual series of steam gala events – ‘The Royal Forest of Steam’. Each year we aim to bring a quality, all-steam weekend with plenty to see and do.

This year, ‘The Royal Forest of Steam’ will run over the weekend of the 15th – 17th June. You can expect to see an intensive service including freight – why not take a trip on the brake van for a unique view of the scenery, or to see the locomotive working hard at close quarters?

We are excited to welcome BR Ivatt 2MT Tank no. 41312 to the Forest, courtesy of the Watercress Line. This locomotive spent the majority of its working life on the Southern Region, being stationed at Faversham, Barnstaple, Brighton and Bournemouth (to name a few!). We look forward to seeing her perform alongside our resident Prairie tank no. 5541 and Austerity no. 152 ‘Rennes’.

BR Ivatt 2MT Tank no. 41312

Our second visiting locomotive is IW&D 0-6-0ST no. 34 ‘Portbury’, courtesy of the Bristol Harbour Railway. ‘Portbury’ spent it’s working life shunting the docks of Avonmouth and Portishead, before being donated to the City Museum’s Technology Collection in 1964. She has been steaming up and down the Harbourside since returning to steam in 1988, and we look forward to welcoming her across the Severn Bridge.

IW&D 0-6-0ST no. 34 ‘Portbury’

Alongside our intensive timetable, there will be a host of other attractions on offer. The first of these is a model railway exhibition, courtesy of the Forest of Dean Model Railway Club. Rumour has it that an N gauge model of Parkend will be on display

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