Two decades of steam at Perrygrove

The Perrygrove Railway is approaching its 20th anniversary. With an enthusiastic and experienced young family team at the regulator it looks set fair for the next couple of decades, as Cliff Thomas reports.

THE 15in-gauge Perrygrove Railway, near Coleford, in the Forest of Dean, has always been a family-run operation with families at the forefront of its appeal. Nothing wrong with that. Frankly, this is the core market for almost all heritage steam lines regardless of gauge. Similarly, as always, there is also plenty of appeal for what might be termed the enthusiast sector – after all, it is a steam railway!

That the anniversary will be celebrated with an Exmoor Extravaganza gala is significant.

Alan Keef Ltd 2-6-2T Lydia pilots Exmoor 0-6-0T Spirit of Adventure away from Perrygrove station.
Alan Keef Ltd 2-6-2T Lydia pilots Exmoor 0-6-0T Spirit of Adventure away from Perrygrove station.

No, the minimum gauge railway is not trying to replicate the wild beauty of Exmoor National Park, as the September 17-18 event will showcase steam locomotives constructed by Trevor Stirland’s Exmoor Steam Railway – highly appropriate to both the line’s origins and its future.

Read more in the August edition of The RM

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