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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, celebrating over 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.

Once we are back to normal and fully open again, you’ll be able to ride the South Devon Railway and, while you are with us, 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.

Coronavirus
Due to Coronavirus we have, with great regret, had to cancel all of our events planned to take place between April and November. Please see our Events page for further information.

Our site at Buckfastleigh is now open from 10am to 4pm every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Whilst we cannot run trains at the moment, there’s plenty to see and learn about at Buckfastleigh station.

We look forward to seeing you!

Come and Spend the Day with Us!

A Brilliant All-Weather Attraction!

The Polar Express SDR Roundel Logo

This Christmas, for the first time ever, the South Devon Railway is thrilled to bring to you
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.

A truly magical experience for the whole family.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Update

It is with great sadness that THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride has had to be cancelled for 2020.

Please contact PNP Events Ltd. with any queries regarding the POLAR EXPRESS™ Cancellation.

The Polar Express SDR Roundel Logo

We have teamed up with our two fantastic neighbouring attractions to offer superb value 3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day joint tickets. It’s one of Devon’s most varied days out that really does offer something for all the family day out. It’s a real treat and, with special price joint tickets, fantastic value too! Click the logo below for more details.

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