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Forest of Dean train runs for first time since 1929

Posted on 24th March 2014

Over 100 people turned out to ride on the First Great Western Sprinter 150 from Gloucester Railway Station to Parkend in the Forest of Dean over the weekend.

This was the first time in 85 years that people could travel directly to Parkend on the train and, as a result, passengers booked all 130 tickets aboard the Sprinter Class train.

Holidaymakers staying in new holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean as well as local people all turned out to see the reopening of the First Great Western Sprinter 150 train.

Andrew Woodrow, senior ticket inspector from the Dean Forest Railway, added, “This is the first time a train has gone from Gloucester to Parkend since 1929, it is great to see the route being used and to see so many people here.”

The Dean Forest Railway, which leaves from Lydney, has become a very popular tourist attraction and the numbers of visitors throughout this year is expected to rise even further as more and more people visit the Forest of Dean and its surrounding area for their summer holidays.

Image Credit: Matt Buck (flickr.com)