On Monday 16th March 2020, the Dean Forest Railway announced the suspension of services until May, after just one weekend of the new running season. Following Governmental advice that the public should not undertake non-essential travel and to avoid social gatherings where possible, it was felt that there was no other alternative to protect the safety of both visitors and volunteers alike. Unfortunately, the daily overheads of a 4 and a quarter mile long heritage railway do not stop when trains do, and with this loss of income the Railway now faces a severe threat to its existence. This is made all the more disappointing when 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the inauguration of the original Dean Forest Railway Preservation Society. As such, we are appealing to the public and our valued supporters for much-needed funds to help secure the existence of our Railway for future generations to enjoy.