Welcome!

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 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. 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.

SPEND THE DAY WITH US! 

A BRILLIANT ALL-WEATHER ATTRACTION!

Spring Beer Festival – 25-28 May 2018
Come to the South Devon Railway for a feast of steam and diesel trains at the bank holiday at the end of May – and our famous beer and cider festival too!
At Staverton, our midway point on the line, the beer and cider festival will be in full swing from 11.0am until late (6pm on Monday).
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Dining Trains
Join one of our popular Dining Trains from Buckfastleigh station and enjoy a traditional Sunday Lunch or Afternoon Tea. Plus, keep an eye out for new events and themed evenings that will be added throughout the year.

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Ticket To Ride, a celebration of the 1960s, comes to the SDR, 15-17 June.

A Magical Mystery Tour of groovy music, psychedelic fashion, and a radical real ale festival that will give you the Hippy Hippy shakes! We would love to see you in fab sixties gear!

1940s Festival

The 1940s festival has been held at Buckfastleigh Station for many years. The show has grown and developed greatly and now boasts a large amount of displays, vehicles, trade stands, entertainment and atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else!

We are pleased to announce that a full size replica Spitfire will be attending this year’s festival! The Spitfire is modelled on EN398 which was the Personal Aircraft of British Flying Ace W/Cdr Johnny Johnson D.F.C. It has a complete original cockpit and a working WWII Rolls Royce engine which you will be able to hear start up at regular intervals throughout the event.

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