Steam returns to South Devon for February

After an extremely busy winter works programme on the South Devon Railway, involving the complete strip down and overhaul of one of the seven mile long, former Great Western Railway branch line's bridges, and the replacement of nearly a quarter of a mile of rail (see this news article for more information), the race against time has been won in true SDR fashion, meaning that we are able to run steam and diesel trains between Buckfastleigh and Totnes, for February half term week, with train services commencing on Saturday 11th February, with a steam auto train.


Trains will operate on the following days in February and March, as per the "Mauve" coloured days in our 2012 brochure:

Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th February - Steam Service

Monday 13th February - Diesel Railcar Service

Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th February - Steam Service

Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th February - Steam Service

Saturday 3rd March - Diesel Railcar Service

Sunday 4th March - Steam Service

Saturday 10th March - Diesel Railcar Service

Sunday 11th March - Steam Service

Saturday 17th March - Diesel Railcar Service

Sunday 18th March - Steam Service


All trains will run to our "Red" timetable, with departures from Buckfastleigh at 10:45, 12:15, 14:15 and 15:45, and departures from Totnes Littlehempston at 11:30, 13:00, 15:00 and 16:30. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes.

Trains also call at Staverton, 15 minutes after leaving Buckfastleigh and 10 minutes after leaving Totnes.

For further information on train times, and a list of our principal fares, please see our Timetable and Fares page.

The above steam services will consist of our popular Auto train, running in push-pull mode with former GWR Small Prairie, No 5526. Diesel railcar services will be formed of Bubblecar number W55000.

Why not treat yourself and your family to an early spring day out, with a train ride through the beautiful Valley of the Dart, with spectacular views of the River Dart, and the chance to see the colours of spring creeping into sight.