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, 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.

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.

Plan Your Visit

How to Find Us

Are you planning to visit the South Devon Railway? You’ll need to know how to find us then; we have put all the information you need here!

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What’s On

With a busy calendar of events at, and around, the South Devon Railway each year, we have made this page to help you find out exactly what’s on and when.

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Where to Stay - Kilbury Manor

Where to Stay

To help you plan your visit, we have put together this handy guide of where to stay when you visit the South Devon Railway.

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What's On

The Polar Express SDR Roundel Logo

This Christmas the South Devon Railway is thrilled to bring to you

A truly magical experience for the whole family.

Tickets available soon!

The Polar Express SDR Roundel Logo


THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s22) THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at South Devon Railway is licensed by Railevents International and is operated and managed by PNP Events Ltd , Registered in England and Wales. Company Number 11056091. VAT Number 320329051, on behalf of South Devon Railway.

As well as the South Devon Railway, we have two great attractions located at either end of our line. Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies are located in our car park at Buckfastleigh, and Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is located just off our platform at Totnes Riverside Station. Our trains provide the perfect way to travel between the attractions.

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