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 South Devon Railway, or 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 (Riverside). 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.




To book your tickets online, click below   


Download the 2017 brochure and time table 

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Ticket to Ride: a celebration of the Sixties 26th - 29th May 

Ticket to Ride public time table and working time table 

2017 Time Table and Fares

Ten top awards for SDR in 2016! 

Town council backs rolling stock centre plans 


Other SDR sites

3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day

South Devon Railway Association

South Devon Railway Engineering

South Devon Railway Road Services

South Devon 1940s Festival

Buckfastleigh station webcam

SDR Routemaster RM1872 

Friends of Ashburton Station


We are one of Devon's TOP attractions! 






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2016 AWARDS 

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Winner Best Tourism or Hospitality Business in the Western Morning News 2016 Business Awards.

Best Visitor Attraction Gold in the 2016 Herald Express Tourism & Hospitality Awards

Tourism Experience/Activity Silver in the 2016 Herald Express Tourism & Hospitality Awards for Dining Trains

Devon Tourism Awards Silver for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Devon Tourism Awards Bronze in Artistic, Cultural & Learning Experience category for Drive a Train

Outstanding in the RHS Britain in Bloom It's Your Neighbourhood Awards

Gold in the RHS Business Leisure & Tourism Awards

Winner Heritage Railway Association and Heritage Railway magazine 'Interpretation' Award for Totnes (Riverside) station. 

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

Silver in the 2016 South West Tourism Excellence awards.

Nominated for 2016 national Visit England Awards    






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