New loos for Buckfastleigh!

In something of a tribute, or homage, to the classic French satirical novel ‘Clochemerle’,  the South Devon Railway's new £60,000 toilet block was officially opened to an appropriate musical fanfare by local MP Mel Stride on 23rd May 2014.

In addition to welcoming the MP, the SDR also hosted a high-ranking civic cast, including the Vice Chairman of Devon County Council, the Chairman of Teignbridge District Council, the new Mayor, deputy Mayor, councillors and Town Clerk of Buckfastleigh Town Council, other VIP guests, plus a Town Crier and a local band!

With bunting decorating the station, it was very much a fun event with all of invited guests asked to enter into the spirit of the occasion by wearing colourful headgear and hats. 

The serious side to it is that the impressive new facility has replaced a life-expired 40-year-old toilet block and the SDR can now feel justifiably proud of its state of-the art visitor facilities as it now has two modern toilet blocks at Buckfastleigh. 

The new building was designed by local architects and built by local construction firms. It weighs some 200 tonnes and took 1,900 man hours to complete. It was erected in just 75 days, despite losing 12 days to the bad weather in February, but the whole job was done right on time and to budget, complete with a superb reproduction ‘Ladies’ & ‘Gentlemen’ lettering and GWR monogram roundel in tiling. 


23rd May 2014 

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Mel Stride MP, with appropriate 1d piece, opens Buckfastleigh's new loo block.