The multi-award winning 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.

The SDR 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, all weather 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: 3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day.

Find us just off the A38 at Buckfastleigh, very close to the famous Buckfast Abbey, or by train to Totnes on the Great Western main line.

Buckfastleigh is around 22 miles from Exeter, 21 miles from Plymouth, 19 miles from Dartmouth and 13 miles from Paignton.



Dining Trains
Our popular Dining and Afternoon Tea Trains are sold out for this year. Watch out for new dates for 2019.

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Golden Anniversary – 2019

It is 50 years since our line opened as a preserved railway, and we are looking forward to a year of celebrations!
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A very special gala to mark 50 years since the preservation of the line with nine fantastic days of steam in the Valley of the River Dart.

Visiting locomotives (1450 and 6430 already confirmed, more to follow!) as well as SDR home fleet, Grand re-opening ceremony re-enactment with celebrity guest, Re-enactment of first trains, Locomotive Parade, Dining Options for breakfast, lunch and evening meals, Footplate Experience, Drive-a-Train Experience, SDR Association Day, Re-union for all former staff and volunteers, Heritage buses, 7¼” railway and much much more!

Tickets available now, including multi-day rovers. Book early to obtain tickets at 2018 prices (and take part in our Gift Aid donation scheme to obtain unlimited tea, coffee or squash refils!)