Welcome to the South Devon Railway.

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.

Our Next Events

While our trains run up and down the Dart Valley all day, the beer and cider festival will be in full swing at Staverton. A great bank holiday treat!

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A chance to find out how we run the railway and perhaps join us as a volunteer or supporting member. There will be plenty to see behind the scenes, such as signal boxes, the workshop, our permanent pay equipment and more. There will also be trains running all day and lots of opportunities to learn more about us.

A fantastic event where we bring together fantastic scale models trains, boats, planes, cars and lots more. Model engineering at its finest and a fabulous day out for all ages.

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Peep Peep!

Everybody’s favourite little blue engine is coming to visit us for the second time this year with lots of his friends too. The Fat Controller will be in charge all day to make sure Thomas behaves and to look after all our visitors.

Make sure you don’t miss out, get your Tickets here.

For more information about a Day Out With Thomas click the picture below.

To lower the curtain on our season we celebrate with our popular Half Price Weekend.

 Come and spend the day with us! 

A BRILLIANT ALL-WEATHER ATTRACTION!

Please click HERE for our Time Table page.

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