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.

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