Museums at Night - 28th October 2016

The museum at Buckfastleigh station is putting on an event on Friday 28th October 2016 as part of this year’s Museums at Night programme. It also marks the end of the South Devon Railway’s Family Fun Week, which runs for the five weekdays of the October half term holiday.

Museums at Night is a national event, and hundreds of venues all over the country take part.

Visitors to the event will start their evening at 7.0pm at the museum at Buckfastleigh station. There will be a guided tour, but there may be one or two surprises in store! The footplate crew on both our locomotives – Ashley is the small blue tank engine and Tiny is our ancient broad-gauge engine from the days of Brunel – could come to life and tell you what life was really like way back then. 

There is much more to come! Once out of the museum, board a steam auto train from years gone by. It will pause at Buckfastleigh on its way to Staverton, and there may be passengers on board going about their everyday business: off to market, to school or for a day out in the country. You can eavesdrop on what they have to say!

On arrival at Staverton the station staff there will have to load and unload goods onto the train, including milk churns, sacks of produce and many other everyday things. They will welcome some help! However, the Refreshment Coach will be open for anyone whose thirst needs quenching, together with some of the cakes for which Staverton is becoming famous. There may even be other entertainment on the platform if the local Morris Men haven’t yet gone off to the local pub for liquid refreshment. 

All in all, the evening will provide a nostalgic trip into the past days of steam trains and country stations. It will cost a mere fiver for adults, or a tenner for a family: no need to book, just pay on the evening. You will be back at Buckfastleigh station by 10.0pm.