Our next event will be our Golden Anniversary Gala 6th – 14th April 2019.

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. Click here for details of our Golden Anniversary

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.



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Our Next Event

Golden Anniversary Gala – 16th – 17th March

Join us in celebrating our Golden Anniversary – 50 years of steaming through the Dart Vally.

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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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Golden Anniversary – 2019

It is 50 years since our line opened as a preserved railway, and we are looking forward to a year of celebrations!
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A very special gala to mark 50 years since the preservation of the line with nine fantastic days of steam in the Valley of the River Dart.

Visiting locomotives (1450 and 6430 already confirmed, more to follow!) as well as SDR home fleet, Grand re-opening ceremony re-enactment with celebrity guest, Re-enactment of first trains, Locomotive Parade, Dining Options for breakfast, lunch and evening meals, Footplate Experience, Drive-a-Train Experience, SDR Association Day, Re-union for all former staff and volunteers, Heritage buses, 7¼” railway and much much more!

Tickets available now, including multi-day rovers.

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.