21st Annual Railcar Convention

Dean Forest Railway, 16th-18th September 2016.

Friday 16th has been confirmed as Driver Experience day for delegates. Derby Lightweight "Iris" and one Class 108 set is available to TRA members. Iris will operate Norchard-Lydney and the 108 Norchard-Parkend in two separate sections.

Please note that due to hiring restrictions ONLY qualified DMU drivers will be allowed to drive Iris and proof will be required.

The cost is as follows:
-£20 for one way drive on either section
-£35 for full one-way drive with both units
-£35 for return trip on a single section

Bookings are being taken by Chris Bull via E-mail (chris@bull-on-the.net)

It will be on a first come, first served basis and if you are not arriving until a specific time, please state that time in your e-mail. Please also include any requests for a particular slot in the E-mail so efforts can be made to accommodate all.

Below is a table of the currently available slots, please note this is not "live" but will be updated as often as is practical.

Time

Traction

Section

Availability

Member

10:00

Class 108

Norchard High Level-Parkend

BOOKED

E Knorn (North Yorkshire Moors)

10:00

Iris

Norchard Low Level-Lydney Junction

BOOKED

I Parker (Severn Valley)

10:20

Class 108

Parkend-Norchard High Level

BOOKED

E Knorn (North Yorkshire Moors)

10:20

Iris

Lydney Junction-Norchard Low Level

BOOKED

B Hollis (Severn Valley)

10:40

Class 108

Norchard High Level-Parkend

BOOKED

T Daw (Severn Valley)

10:40

Iris

Norchard Low Level-Lydney Junction

BOOKED

B Hollis (Severn Valley)

11:00

Class 108

Parkend-Norchard High Level

BOOKED

T Daw (Severn Valley)

11:00

Iris

Lydney Junction-Norchard Low Level

BOOKED

C Moxon (North Norfolk)

11:20

Class 108

Norchard High Level-Parkend

BOOKED

I Parker (Severn Valley)

11:20

Iris

Norchard Low Level-Lydney Junction

BOOKED

C Moxon (North Norfolk)

11:40

Class 108

Parkend-Norchard High Level

BOOKED

B Hollis (Severn Valley)

11:40

Iris

Lydney Junction-Norchard Low Level

BOOKED

P Moxon (North Norfolk)

12:00

Class 108

Norchard High Level-Parkend

BOOKED

B Hollis (Severn Valley)

12:00

Iris

Norchard Low Level-Lydney Junction

BOOKED

P Moxon (North Norfolk)

12:20

Class 108

Parkend-Norchard High Level

BOOKED

B Mason (Colne Valley)

12:20

Iris

Lydney Junction-Norchard Low Level

BOOKED

T Daw (Severn Valley)

12:40

Class 108

Norchard High Level-Parkend

BOOKED

E Green-Hughes (Llangollen)

12:40

Iris

Norchard Low Level-Lydney Junction

BOOKED

T Daw (Severn Valley)

13:00

Class 108

Parkend-Norchard High Level

BOOKED

E Green-Hughes (Llangollen)

13:00

Iris

Lydney Junction-Norchard Low Level

BOOKED

B Mason (Colne Valley)

13:20

Class 108

Norchard High Level-Parkend

BOOKED

B Billing (Ecclesbourne Valley)

13:20

Iris

Norchard Low Level-Lydney Junction

BOOKED

L Sharpe (Peak Rail)

13:40

Class 108

Parkend-Norchard High Level

Available for booking

 

13:40

Iris

Lydney Junction-Norchard Low Level

BOOKED

L Sharpe (Peak Rail)

14:00

Class 108

Norchard High Level-Parkend

BOOKED

K Dowd (East Lancs)

14:00

Iris

Norchard Low Level-Lydney Junction

BOOKED

E Green-Hughes (Llangollen)

14:20

Class 108

Parkend-Norchard High Level

BOOKED

K Dowd (East Lancs)

14:20

Iris

Lydney Junction-Norchard Low Level

BOOKED

E Green-Hughes (Llangollen)

14:40

Class 108

Norchard High Level-Parkend

BOOKED

P Moxon (North Norfolk)

14:40

Iris

Norchard Low Level-Lydney Junction

BOOKED

B Billing (Ecclesbourne Valley)

15:00

Class 108

Parkend-Norchard High Level

BOOKED

P Moxon (North Norfolk)

15:00

Iris

Lydney Junction-Norchard Low Level

Available for booking

 

15:20

Class 108

Norchard High Level-Parkend

BOOKED

C Moxon (North Norfolk)

15:20

Iris

Norchard Low Level-Lydney Junction

BOOKED

K Dowd (East Lancs)

15:40

Class 108

Parkend-Norchard High Level

BOOKED

C Moxon (North Norfolk)

15:40

Iris

Lydney Junction-Norchard Low Level

BOOKED

K Dowd (East Lancs)

 

Saturday 17th will include DMU running, using the Class 108 sets and visiting Derby Lightweight "Iris". The day will also include the annual meeting in the Miners Arms at Whitecroft. Speakers so far include Roger Phelps (GM of the DFR) giving a talk on the DFR and how it has evolved over the years, Keiron Thorogood (Morris Oils) arranging a chemist to give a talk on oils and Bob Marrows finding some old colour photos of diesels and DMUs on the DFR.
As always we openly welcome other contributors to the speakers chair...

Sunday 18th includes more DMU running, using the Class 108 sets and visiting Derby Lightweight "Iris".

Accommodation
A useful list of local accommodation is available to download:

Dean Forest Railway Accommodation

Eating

For your convenience I thought you might like to know some of the options available to you regarding eating whilst here at the Forest of Dean Railway for our DMU Convention weekend.

You may like to consider one of the following or, alternatively there are plenty of other places to eat here in the Forest:

DMU Buffet – we will be running a buffet on the DMU as usual offering rolls, sausage rolls, homemade cakes and tea/coffee etc. All proceeds will go to the DMU Group and are immediately spent by our Chairman fixing and maintaining the units.

The Café on Norchard Low Level Platform, offering hot and cold snacks, cakes and tea/coffee etc. All proceeds go to the FoDR.

If you get off at Lydney Town and go up and down the High Street, there are various cafes dotted all along there and a take-away fish and chip shop. There are also a Chinese and I think Indian takeaway along there somewhere.

If you get off at Whitecroft, there is The Miners Pub, which is where the Convention meeting will be held at 2 pm on the Saturday. You will be offered a discount voucher to use for drinks at the meeting and the Landlord has very kindly said you may then continue to use the voucher for the rest of the weekend.

If you get off at Parkend, there are various options: around the triangular green there are, The Fountain Inn, keep on around and turn right at the end you will come to The Woodman Pub. If you come out of Parkend Station and turn right just over the road you will see the Post Office, they sell various cakes etc. or there is a little café in there. If you turn left as you leave the station and walk along there you will see the Cycle Hire shop which also has a café which sells light snacks and ice creams.

On the Saturday night there will be a fish and chip supper which you will need to book through the shop at Norchard please.