Special Events

~ 2021 ~

Classic Transport Gathering

~ 11th and 12th September 2021 ~

With the easing of lockdown and after months tucked away in garages, owners of classic cars and motorcycles are holding a get together at Buckfastleigh Station on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September. Up to 70 vehicles on each day. In addition to cars and motorcycles there will be a display of military vehicles put on by local members.

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~ 24th to 26th September 2021 ~

Peep peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at the South Devon Railway on 24th to 26th September. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet The Fat Controller and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement.

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~ 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th and 28th November ~
~ 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 15th to 23rd December 2021 ~

This Christmas, for the first time ever, the South Devon Railway is thrilled to bring to you
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride; a truly magical experience for the whole family.

~ 26th December 2020 ~

A post-Christmas steam train ride, where we stop off at Staverton for a warming drink.

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You can buy your tickets in advance, online, by clicking on the button above. Alternatively, you can contact us.

To book a Day Out With Thomas ®, click here.

~ 27th December 2019 to 1st January 2020 ~

Enjoy a mince pie as you watch the winter countryside of the Dart valley gently glide past your window from the warmth and comfort of one of our steam trains.

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February Half Term

~ 13th to 23rd February 2020 ~

This February Half Term (15th to 23rd), why not take a train ride on our heritage diesel unit, known as a ‘Bubblecar’, whose large windows allow for almost panoramic views of the beautiful valley of the river Dart on its journey from Buckfastleigh to Staverton and return?

The ‘Bubblecar’  is not used on our passenger trains regularly, so this is a fairly rare opportunity to take a ride on this lovely old vehicle.

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~ 7th to 10th May 2020 ~


As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, unfortunately the South Devon Railway has had to suspend ALL train services  until further notice, including the Spring Rails & Ales event.

Please keep an eye on our website and our social media channels for more news. We very much hope that we will be able to run our Summer Rails & Ales over the August Bank Holiday weekend, 28th to 31st August.

Full details of our service suspension here.

~ 2nd to 4th July 2021 ~

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.

Tickets will be available very soon; keep an eye on our website for updates.

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South Devon 1940s Festival

~ 4th and 5th July 2020 ~


As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the South Devon Railway has unfortunately had to suspend ALL train services until further notice, which means that our South Devon 1940s Festival is, sadly, cancelled.

We are very sad to have to cancel this fabulous event but hope to make next years even better to make up for it.

Full details of our service suspension here.

Each year, on the first weekend in July, the South Devon Railway is transported back in time to the 1940s as it lays host to the fantastic South Devon 1940s Festival!

The festival has grown and developed greatly over many years and now boasts a large amount of displays, vehicles, trade stands, entertainment and atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else!

Why not come and join us for a truly immersive and fantastic forties day out.

British Fireworks Championships

~ TBC August 2020 ~


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!

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~ 27th to 30th August 2021 ~

A great bank holiday treat.

Join us this August Bank Holiday for Rails & Ales and the return of our famous Beer Festival at Staverton Station.

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Models & Miniatures

~ 12th and 13th September 2020 ~


Models & Miniatures is a celebration of all things model and miniature – including trains, road vehicles and ships.

It is a delight for all ages and a fantastic opportunity to see everything from fine scale engineering to much loved toys and models.

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Diesel Gala

~ 9th to 11th October 2020 ~


A selection of first-generation British Railways diesels from the sixties running an intensive service.

More details will follow as soon as they are confirmed.

Driver for Armistice

~ 7th November 2020 ~


Your chance to drive a steam locomotive on the South Devon Railway – in aid of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

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