Special Events 2019

July 19th – 21st  Summer Diesel Gala

We have a fleet of first generation British Railways diesels from the sixties. This weekend is a chance for them to be put through their paces. The bar at Staverton will be open too. Find out more. 

Time Table.

August 23rd – 26th  Rails & Ales

While trains run all day, the beer and cider festival will be in full swing at Staverton. A great bank holiday treat!


September 7th – 8th  Behind the Scenes and Recruitment Day

A chance to find out how we run the railway and perhaps join us as a volunteer or supporting member. There will be plenty to see behind the scenes, such as signal boxes, the workshop, our permanent pay equipment and more. There will also be trains running all day and lots of opportunities to learn more about us.

September 28th – 29th  Models & Miniatures

A fantastic event where we bring together fantastic scale models trains, boats, planes, cars and lots more. Model engineering at its finest and a fabulous day out for all ages.


October 19th – 21st  Day Out With Thomas™

Everybody’s favourite little blue engine is coming to visit us for the second time this year with lots of his friends too. The Fat Controller will be in charge all day to make sure Thomas behaves and to look after all our visitors. You can book in advance here.

November 2nd – 3rd  Buy One, Get One Free Weekend

To lower the curtain on our season, for every ticket you buy, you get another free (The lowest priced ticket will be the free one). A great end of season family day out and a great price too!

December 12th -13th  Carols Down The Line

Enjoy a festive train trip, full of joyous carols, with a complimentary tea or coffee and a mince pie before departure. The Exeter Railway Band will be leading the carol singing as usual.

December 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 18th to 24th  Santa-by-Steam

Come and see Santa in his special, unique Grotto on the train, with singing, magic, festive cheer and a present for all the children. Pre-booking essential, please.

December 27th – January 1st  Mince Pie Specials

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.

For events when it is essential to book, click on the icon below. Alternatively, you can contact us. To book a Day Out With Thomas ®, click here.

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Ticket to Ride: June 2019. We do apologise, but this year’s Ticket To Ride 1960s event has had to be cancelled as a result of the non-availability of the leading act. But it will be back in 2020!