New upgrades for the Dean Forest Railway

Dean Forest Railway
New lease of life for heritage railway level crossings after £1million upgrades
Published Thu, 2018-10-18 10:58

Two level crossings have been given a new lease of life after being handed over to the Dean Forest Railway in Lydney following major upgrade work.

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The crossings, which were over 20 years old and in need of upgrading, are located where the trains of the heritage railway cross the road between the town centre and Lydney Junction station.

The county council has provided over £900,000 in funding for the modernisation of the level crossings by contractor Schweizer Electronic, ensuring that the crossings continue to be reliable, safe and convenient for all.

The Dean Forest Railway have helped manage the upgrade work with the Gloucestershire County Council and Schweizer Electronic, and will now take responsibiltiy for operating and maintaining the level crossings for years to come.

The bypass crossing is just below the site of the 126-year-old wrought-iron St Mary’s footbridge, which crosses the track from the boating lake to the churchyard, and which is currently being fully restored after being dismantled in the summer.

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