Maintaining a railway with infrastructure and equipment that is already well over 50 years old is an expensive job. Spare parts are no longer easy to come by or available “off the shelf”. Often we need to manufacture them ourselves, so keeping everything in tip top condition requires constant investment.

From donating, to becoming a fundraiser, to leaving a legacy, there are many ways you can help us, there are even some which won’t cost you anything but a few moments of your time, so please have a good look through and help us where you can.

Foundation Fund

The SDR Foundation Fund is an initiative for the ongoing benefit of the South Devon Railway. We are asking you to join us and, in so doing, help secure the future of the railway by providing financial support.

Read More about the Foundation Fund…

Text Giving

You can also make a one off donation of £10 to the Foundation Fund by SMS from your mobile phone, just text SDRT01 £10 to 70070.

Easy Fundraising

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a free donation for South Devon Railway Trust?

There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!

Read more about Easy Fundraising…

Carriage Fund

Most of our coaches are now over 50 years old and have well exceeded their designed lifespan. As with all heritage equipment and machinery, keeping our coaches well maintained and in good working order is a time consuming and expensive task.

You can make a one off donation to help with the upkeep of our coaches via Paypal Giving Fund. Thank you.

Ebay for Charity

Do you have unwanted items laying around the house/attic/garage you could sell on eBay? You can help support the South Devon Railway by donating a percentage of the final selling price to us with eBay for Charity. If you can help, take a look HERE and click the ‘Sell Item’ button on the right hand side to donate a percentage to us.

eBay for Charity is an easy way for buyers and sellers on to support their favourite charities. Buyers can shop for items knowing they’re supporting a good cause. Sellers, whether they’re individuals or businesses, can donate a percentage from any sale to a charity of their choice and add Gift Aid to their donations. Charities can also sell their own items directly on

See our eBay for charity listing.


Making sure you have a Will in place that protects your loved ones can help prevent more anguish at an otherwise difficult time. It is also a chance to leave behind a special gift to the causes closest to your heart.

For more information about how you can support the South Devon Railway in your legacy click here.