It is with great regret that the South Devon Railway (SDR) has had to suspend ALL train services with immediate effect from 17th March until Saturday 16th May.

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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, 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.

Due to Coronavirus we have, with great regret, had to cancel all of our events planned to take place in April and May.

The on going situation also puts into question our other planned events for 2020. We will update our website as and when we have further information.

There will be plenty to see with shunting demonstrations, our miniature and garden railways, vintage cars and more. There will also be trains running all day.

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A great treat; ride behind Steam & Heritage Diesel trains through the valley of the River Dart, or sit down and relax whilst enjoying a drink or two at our Staverton Station beer festival. Real Ales, Ciders, Wine and Prosecco, as well as, soft drinks are all available. There is plenty of seating in the station yard so you can spend the day watching the trains go by!

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Everybody’s favourite little blue engine is coming to visit the South Devon Railway and bringing his friends too. The Fat Controller will be in charge all day to make sure Thomas behaves and to look after all our visitors.

With lots of activities to keep everyone entertained, it’s a great family day out.

You can book your tickets in advance, online, by clicking the button below.

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 Come and spend the day with us! 


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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