Our next event is the Summer Diesel Gala, 19th – 21st July.

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. This year we celebrate 50 years in preservation. 

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.



Please click HERE for our Timetable page.

Dining Trains

Step aboard one of our popular Sunday Lunch or Afternoon Tea trains.

New dates for 2019 available. Book now to avoid disappointment.

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Drive a Train

Drive a train for a day – a real footplate experience!

The ultimate gift or the chance to live a childhood ambition!

You can drive a steam or diesel locomotive on the South Devon Railway under the watchful eye of our experienced footplate crews for a whole day on a dedicated train – and you can bring family and friends along too. It’s a truly unforgettable experience!

The SDR can make your dreams of becoming a train driver possible – with a Steam or Diesel Drive-A-Train day. Up to six guests, who will ride in the train, can come along absolutely free.

SDR Drive-A-Train days make a superb and memorable gift too. Simply contact us to book a date and we’ll send you a voucher.

Easy booking

This easiest way to check dates, prices and book is online. Alternatively, you can contact us at any time.

Spring Beer Festival

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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