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Historic fleet arrives at the Dean Forest Railway

The Dean Forest Railway is now home to a fleet of 11 tank wagons owned by the National Wagon Preservation Group (NWPG)

The fleet was assembled by the NWPG under Project: Petroleum and they will be cleaned, maintained and restored in their new home at Lydney.

Next year should also see them repainted, quite possibly with a 1960s BP livery.

Adam Dickinson, chairman of Dean Forest Railway, said: "We are delighted to have been chosen by NWPG to be the host railway for this recently created unique fleet of petrol tanker wagons.

"Once they are restored we will be able to feature the fleet in our special events, such as the diesel gala or the steam gala planned for later this year.

"When they are all in the same corporate livery they will make a fine sight and become a terrific photo opportunity running between our two termini at Lydney Junction and Parkend."

The NWPG recently purchased two of the tankers and then, through a combination of crowdfunding and individual purchases, their collection grew to the total of 11 which will reside at Lydney and enhance the DFR's showing in what is, essentially, a 4.5-mile linear museum.

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