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Sherwood Forest Railway, Mansfield

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The Sherwood Forest Railway (SFR) is a 15 in (381 mm) gauge light railway running through the old site of the Sherwood Forest Farm Park in Nottinghamshire, England

The railway acquired its first two steam locomotives in 1998, began construction of permanent way in 1999, and opened to passengers in 2000.

The railway runs along the 'flood dykes' of the early nineteenth-century irrigation system built by the Duke of Portland.

The railway is still operated by its original two steam locomotives, 'Smokey Joe' and 'Pet'. The line has a light electric locomotive named 'Anne' used principally on works trains, and a light track inspection/works railtruck, 'Lottie Lister'.

Also on site is the diesel locomotive, 'Pioneer', built in the 'forties, bought from Brocklands Adventure Park and is currently undergoing restoration and only in use on special events. Also a Diesel Hydraulic locomotive has been acquired to help out. A further steam locomotive, working name 'Doodlebug', is currently under construction away from the line.

The rolling stock consists of four works trucks and twelve passenger coaches, one from the Exmoor railway, three Ex-longleat coming from various sites, and three car enclosed articulated set, rebuilt on site from the remains of three minirail coaches and five semi enclosed ex Bush Mill Railway coaches from Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway. On site is the remains of the last Ex-longleat railway coaches, being donated from the Lappa Valley railway.

Facilities available alongside the railway include picnic areas, adventure playground, dedicated under fives play area and refreshments.

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  • My wife bought me the experience and the gentleman who runs it ( forgot his name ) is brilliant. Very knowledgeable and is very patient with you. The set up is fantastic there and to see he is hoping....  more »
  • This place is a hidden gem for children. Perfect for play dates and mom groups who want to hold a study. Our boys loved it. They have plenty of benches to have a picnic, enjoy the quiet scenery while....  more »
  • Absolute great experience driving a steam engine I went back to my childhood how is shown how to drive the train via very polite man couldn't ask for a better experience  more »
  • What a lovely place to visit, great for families, lots of outdoor play equipment to use up the energy.Tea coffee and snacks are available. The little steam train is very interesting for all age groups. Great all round entertainment an ideal place to visit over and over again offering fantastic value for money the ride on the train costing just a £1.00 each.
  • Wonderful, delightful an absolute joy for us aged 73 and 76. Very interesting, lovely trip and nice cafe too. Took some leaflets to where we were staying at Thoresby Hall as they didn't have any and it's only about four and a half miles away. It was so nice to smell a steam train running too. First rate.
  • Lovely little place nice to pop in. The new additional cafe/shop could just do with a couple of chairs inside as its a little chilly for in March but the volunteers are really helpful and knowledgeable. Will definitely be visiting again.
  • What a excellent little railway Staff are extremely friendly. Journey is lovely facilities are good
  • Absolutely lovely place to spend the day out.Well looked after and very nice and friendly staff.

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