Ticket To Ride – 1960s Weekend

15-17 June 2018

Get your ticket and take a ride back to the 1960s; a Magical Mystery Tour of groovy music, psychedelic fashion, and a radical real ale festival that will give you the Hippy Hippy shakes! We would love to see you in fab sixties gear!

There will be entertainment throughout the weekend on the stage in the event field at Buckfastleigh, plus a bar and live music, vintage road vehicles, trade stands, and, of course, plenty of heritage steam and diesel trains throughout the day, and into the evenings on Friday and Saturday!


Tickets are normal prices all weekend, and can be purchased on the day or, purchased online in advance. Round trip tickets are valid for unlimited travel all day.

Entry to the event field at Buckfastleigh is FREE for holders of round-trip rail tickets. ‘Event field only’ tickets are also available (on the day only) £6 adults and £3 children.

In addition, we are delighted to be able to offer an additional special evening deal for those wishing to only attend the music entertainment and travel there by train. A special evening ticket valid on trains from 5.30pm onwards and giving access to the event field – £10 for adults and £6 for children – ideal for travelling to the music entertainment by train from your home station to Totnes, and then to Buckfastleigh by the SDR. This evening deal is bookable online in advance only.

See the action-packed programme of events below!


From 10am Steam and diesel trains run all day from 10am
4pm Bar opens
7.30pm The Fab Beatles on stage
10pm Music finishes
10am Event opens
From 10am Steam and diesel trains run all day from 10am
10am Breakfast radio show
11am Bar opens
12 noon Children’s Hour on stage
2pm-4pm Nick Fish, Live Chat interactive radio show on stage
4pm-7pm Radio station request show
7.30pm-10pm The Zoots – Sounds of the 60s show
10pm Music finishes
10am Event opens
From 10am Steam and diesel trains run all day from 10am
10am Breakfast radio show
11am Bar opens
12 noon Children’s Hour on stage
2pm-4pm ‘Go Tell Alice’, local music group performing 60s hits on stage
4pm Wind-down music
5pm Close

Rail Timetable – Daytime

Photographers and enthusiasts may prefer to view our Working Timetable.

Rail Timetable – Evenings

These trains operate on Friday and Saturday evenings only.

Photographers and enthusiasts may prefer to view our Working Timetable.

Fireworks Championship Tickets Now Available

Experience the British Fireworks Championships with all the fun of the fair and music on Plymouth Hoe this summer with our Routemaster bus excursion from Ashburton, Buckfastleigh and Ivybridge. This excursion was very popular last year so please book early!

Arrive in time to enjoy all the pre-show entertainment and firework display at Plymouth.

Departure times:- The bus will stop at Ashburton Bull Ring 18.30 (westbound) Buckfastleigh Railway Station Forecourt 18.45 and St Leonards Road in Ivybridge 19.15 (next to the BP Station). Free car parking is available at Buckfastleigh Railway Station.

Return time:- 10.45pm from Royal Parade, Plymouth.

Return bus fare from Ashburton or Buckfastleigh is £14 per person (£11 child) and from Ivybridge is £10 per person (£8.00 child)

You can book online or by phone, 01364 644 370.

Weather Conditions

We are running trains again from Tuesday 20 March as planned. Thank you to everyone for your patience.

If you have pre-booked tickets for Monday (or Sunday, and were unable to use them) then you are very welcome to re-book for another day, or have a refund. Please contact our office on 01364 644 370 and we will be pleased to make the appropriate arrangements.

** UPDATE 1700 18/03/18 **

Well done and thank you to all our staff who put in a huge effort to run trains today.

Due to the continued poor conditions and weather warnings we will not be operating any services on Monday 19 March. This is to allow our staff time to get home and recover, to allow to put our equipment back in order from today.

If you have pre-booked tickets for Monday (or today, and were unable to use them) then you are very welcome to re-book for another day, or have a refund. Please contact our office on 01364 644 370 from 11am Monday onwards and we will be pleased to make the appropriate arrangements.

Once again, thank you to everyone who pulled together today to enable us to run trains.

Buckfastleigh Points Work

Inside intel: Work on the points at the south end of Buckfastleigh won’t quite be finished by this weekend, so hand-signalling scenes will be in operation at Buckfastleigh.

Car Park Bridge Progress

Well done to all our SDR staff and volunteers who have been working on Car Park bridge over the last few weeks.

The entire bridge has been refurbished, with many new components, and now the track including two sets

Here are some photos of the track being reinstated.

SDR 2019 Logo Required!

A logo is required for the branch to use to celebrate its 50th anniversary! The logo will be used in place of the normal SDR logo on all publicity and printed materials throughout 2019.

Several people around the railway have put their thinking caps on to see what they can come up with as a design, and as so many people are now interested, we thought it would be a good idea to open it to everyone!

This is a really very rare opportunity to make your mark on a significant heritage railway anniversary year – a year which, from the suggestions received so far into what a celebration gala should contain, looks like it will be one of the biggest SDR events ever!

Designs submitted can make use of the SDR splasher logo or the SDR shirtbutton roundel if desired. The logo should ideally make the ’50’ or ‘fiftieth’ prominent.

Other symbols etc representing the branch or the SDR are also welcome.

The logo needs to be clear, easy-to-recognise, and present a positive image of the SDR.

Expensive clever computer software is not required, as the chosen logo will be sent to a design company to be professionally made up in any case. Submissions of design concepts are welcome, or paper hand-drawn designs, or computer designs too.

There is no limit to the number of designs a person may submit, and this is open to everyone, both internally and externally to the SDR.

If you would like to submit one or more designs, please send these to Danny Scroggins by the end of March. The logo design chosen will be announced later in the year.

Small print: Please note that, by submitting a design, you are donating that design, including copyright, to the SDRT. The SDR may use it in any way, without limitation on use or time. The author of the logo will be acknowledged when the chosen design is announced, but not credited on each specific use of it.

Education Volunteers

Every year we welcome hundreds of school children to the SDR.

They come to find out about railway history in particular the role of the train in World War Two and the characters involved in building the tracks and bridges in Victorian times.

School visits are also an important part of our business as they bring revenue directly to the railway and the children are important ambassadors persuading parents, families and friends to come and see us in the future.

Typically children from Devon’s primary schools visit us for a day which includes talks and practical sessions along with a train ride. These visits take place mid-week in April, May, June, September and October.

We’are looking for other volunteers to join us to put the 2018 programme together and deliver it. Could you talk to a group of 7 year olds about Brunel? Could you help tell them what it was like to be an evacuee or how rationing worked? Have you got any wartime memorabilia you’d be prepared to demonstrate and let the children try out?

If you’d like to help please get in touch!

Thank you

Car Park Bridge Progress

Well done to everyone involved in the replacement of Car Park bridge at Buckfastleigh – including working in the snow today! As well as the bridge, a lot of track work is going on – two sets of points have been lifted as part of this job for remedial work to me done.

Car Park Bridge Renewal

Work started today on stripping out signalling and points equipment in the Buckfastleigh Station throat in readiness for the lifting of the track and points to enable Car Park Bridge to be renewed.

The track will be lifted in the coming days and the bridge deck entirely removed and replaced over the next 3-4 weeks. This renewal is part of the SDR’s commitment to improve its infrastructure and build a robust railway for the future.

Thank you, in advance, to everyone from the various departments lined up to help with this work over the next few weeks!

2019 – Golden Anniversary Year

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the re-opening of the Ashburton Branch – and we are sure everyone would like to see a big celebration of that golden anniversary in 2019!

We are starting to plan the 2019 operating season now, and would be keen to hear views and ideas of how to celebrate the 50th anniversary year.

There are many ways in which the celebrations could take place – various galas, engines, timetables, methods of working, off-railway events, activities, etc.

So let us know your ideas by contacting us via any of the usual methods.

Although we can’t promise to do everything, we think everyone will share the SDR appetite and aspiration to do something really memorable.

Everything is ‘up for grabs’, so see what the most exciting thing you can come up with is to put the SDR’s 50th anniversary well-and-truly on the railway preservation calendar!