South Devon Railway

South Devon Railway

The South Devon Railway is one of Devon's and the West Country's best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west. It is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes.

We run steam trains with heritage rolling stock and offer a wonderful all day attraction for families and people of all ages. Ride the South Devon Railway and, while you are with us, you can visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies. The museum itself is on the platform at Buckfastleigh station.

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  • Tiny

    Tiny, the only surviving broad gauge locomotive, is on loan to the SDR Museum from the National Railway Museum in York. Tiny stands on a section of original broad gauge track.

  • Eating on the Move

    The SDRT Museum hosts a collection of railway tableware which give a fascinating insight into travel in a bygone era. The items range from knives, forks, spoons, plates, dishes and all the things that a diner would have used on the train or station restaurant, most from the GWR.

  • Ashburton station

    Today's South Devon Railway was the Totnes to Ashburton branch. The Totnes Quay line was built by the same company. We have an extensive display of photographs of the lines, and Chris Lamacraft's fine model of Ashburton station. Thanks also to the Totnes Image Bank and Peter Gray.

  • Ashley the Small Blue Tank Engine

    Ashley spent his working life at Exeter Gas Works, and yes - it really was blue! It came to the South Devon in 1969 and was restored to working order. Shunted into the museum in 2010 he now does a great job telling people how to drive a steam engine.

  • Catch a steam train on the South Devon

    The whole South Devon Railway is a museum piece, although our trains operate to modern standards. We run steam trains between Totnes and Buckfastleigh from the end of March to the end of October every year. Visit us to find how travel used to be!

Admission & prices

Admission to the museum is free, except on "Day Out With Thomas" weekend, 29 April - 01 May, and 01-02 July, South Devon 1940s festival.

Opening dates: the museum is open every day that trains are running. Trains run daily from 11 to 19 February. Trains run every day from 18 March to 29 October, and then 03-05 November for the Diesel gala.

Museum opening times are 10.00am to 4.00pm, but longer in the peak season and special event days. Check the South Devon Railway website at www.southdevonrailway.co.uk for details of train times and train fares.

The railway and museum will be open from Boxing Day 2017 to 01 January 2018. We will be running a "green" timetable most days - check our website for full details. From 27 December to 01 January there will be a free mince pie for every passenger!

Find us

A38 from both Exeter and Plymouth: take exits for Buckfastleigh. Totnes: A381 from Kingsbridge and Newton Abbot, A385 from Paignton.
Buses to Totnes and Buckfastleigh: call Traveline 0871 200 22 33.
Quarter mile walk from National Rail station, Totnes

Museum news

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  • Regular Opening for Ashburton station

    Regular Opening for Ashburton station

    The South Devon Railway Trust Museum is pleased to announce that Chris Lamacraft’s celebrated layout of Ashburton station will again be operating on a regular basis in the 2017 season, and we hope that this will be......

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  • Littleworth coach

    Littleworth coach

    The South Devon Railway Trust Museum at Buckfastleigh station has long had custody of the “Littleworth coach”, dating from about 1848......

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Information

  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Cafe on-site
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

The South Devon Railway offers a good-value day out, with something for everyone. We welcome parties from schools and other groups, and can provide an interactive, stimulating and enjoyable experience covering many parts of the National Curriculum.

The SDR Trust Museum will also be open for Diesel Weekend, 3-5 November. We'll also be open on Boxing Day, and every day that the South Devon Railway is running public trains in the festive season: 26 December to 1 January 2018.

Our museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users. We welcome children of all ages, and have a range of hands-on activities for them. We also welcome well-behaved dogs on leads. On certain days during the season the original signal box at Buckfastleigh will be open, where you can try your hand at pulling the levers.The Lee Moor Museum, featuring locomotive Lee Moor No 2, will also be open on selected days. There is no charge for any of these.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

South Devon Railway
The Station
Buckfastleigh
TQ11 0DZ

T: 01364 644370
E: museum.curator@southdevonrailwayassociation.org

Podcast

South Devon Railway Memories

Memories of the Ashburton branch, the Dart Valley Railway and the South Devon Railway

Name Time
1 Dave Knowling intro 03:08
2 Dave Knowling's Pixies 01:05

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South Devon Railway

South Devon Railway
The Station

Buckfastleigh, DEVON TQ11 0DZ