South Devon Railway SOS Appeal

Why We Need Your Help

In line with government advice for the current Coronavirus pandemic the South Devon Railway (SDR) has had to suspend all of its services, close its shop and refreshment rooms  

We will not be reopening the line for train services until we can be absolutely confident that our passengers can be carried in safely and without risk to their health and that of our staff and volunteers. That means a potential loss of £500,000 of revenue for our railway.

This couldn’t have come at a worse time for the charity, with services stopping only a few days after they began following our closed winter maintenance period.

We urgently need your help to allow us to keep steaming into the future. Please watch our appeal video and donate as generously as you can – we realise these are difficult times for everyone but without your help, we may not have a railway for people of all ages to enjoy again.

Despite having our services suspended, there are still bills to be paid and vital work required to protect our railway to keep it alive for generations to come.

We are reliant upon the income generated by running trains and special events to build to up our cash reserves to allow us to invest in the maintenance of our track, structures, buildings as well as our locomotives and carriages during the winter.

Over this winter closed season we have also suffered damage to two of our bridges, including the iconic Nursery Pool Bridge which takes the railway over the River Dart near Buckfastleigh. This bridge suffered damage to one of its piers during the storms in February this year and needs urgent repair work to protect it from deteriorating further. This was an unexpected cost and now with our loss of income we urgently need your help to allow this work to take place.

If you prefer to pay by cheque, please download and print off our SOS Appeal and gift aid form here.

5542 and auto coach 233 on Nursery Pool Bridge - Robert Sherwood

If you prefer to pay by cheque, please download and print off our SOS Appeal and gift aid form here.

Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to read this page, and thank you for your generous support – big or small, every single donation will help us to preserve our wonderful GWR branch line for many years to come.

Additional Ways You Can Help

Paypal Giving Fund UK harnesses the power of technology to make giving a part of everyday life, benefiting charities across the UK. They pursue their vision by partnering with leading internet businesses, developing innovative programs that introduce charitable giving in relevant and engaging ways to new audiences.

By donating to the South Devon Railway via PayPal Giving Fund we will receive 100% of your donation, and eligible Gift Aid, with no deductions or fees, which makes it a fantastic way of helping the South Devon Railway.

Visit our Paypal Giving Fund page to donate to the South Devon Railway.

All donations we receive from Paypal Giving Fund help us to keep the South Devon Railway alive for future generations to enjoy.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support a charity of your choice every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your selected charity.

On your first visit to you need to select the South Devon Railway Trust to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation to the South Devon Railway.

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for South Devon Railway Trust with easyfundraising?

There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.

All you need to do is:

1. Go to and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to South Devon Railway Trust at no extra cost to you whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and South Devon Railway Trust will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

eBay for Charity enables members of the eBay community to connect with and support their favorite charities when they buy or sell. Every time a community member buys or sells on eBay, it’s an opportunity to support the South Devon Railway.

How does it work?

Buying for charity
Anyone shopping on eBay can choose to shop for items that directly benefit their favorite charities or to add donations at checkout. The eBay for Charity ribbon next to
the listing, indicates that the listing will benefit charity. Buyers can also add a £1 to £25 donation to their favourite charity during checkout.

Selling for charity
Any eBay seller can choose to donate a percentage of a sale to their favourite charity. Sellers can donate 10% – 100% of an item’s final sale price to a charity that is on the eBay platform. For those sellers, eBay credits the insertion and final value fee, equal to the percentage elected to donate.

Visit our eBay for Charity page for more information.

You can help support the South Devon Railway with Facebook Fundraisers; a great way to support causes close to your heart.

Click here if you would like to start a Facebook Fundraiser.

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