Parkend, Severn and Wye/Dean Forest Railway Stations - Railways of the Forest of Dean

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Parkend Station, looking south (L) and north (R), 16th October, 2016

Parkend was once an important industrial centre in the Forest of  Dean and the railway reached it in 1868. By the time the station was built in  1873, the railway had quite a sizeable presence in the village, with several  sidings including what would become "Marsh Siding". To the north of the station  was Coleford Junction, where the Coleford branch met the main line.

With the doubling of the line between Parkend and Whitecroft  came further modifications to the station layout. However, this could not save  the passenger services and they were withdrawn in 1929. A proposal to restore a  passenger service on Saturdays to Parkend in the early 30's came to nothing and  like most of the S&W stations, Parkend became freight only.

As more and more of the S&W was closed, Parkend and  especially Marsh Sidings became more and more important (Parkend itself was the  original home to the DFR, before it moved to Norchard). However, by the mid  1970's, the Forest of Dean's rail freight users had either closed down or moved to road transport, and thus the freight trains finally stopped. The railway  south of Parkend was left in place as the DFR secured it for their  use.

The DFR restored regular passenger services to Parkend in March  2006, nearly 80 years after they ceased, and the station is the current northern  terminus of the line. The extension was officially opened by HRH Princess Anne  on the 19th May 2006. The station is probably the best representation of the  original state of all the stations on the line.

Parkend is currently best accessed by foot or by public  transport, as there is very little parking available in the area of the  station.
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