Join us this February Half Term on the South Devon Railway, with trains running daily between Saturday 19th and Sunday 27th February 2022.
Trains will be operating between Buckfastleigh and what is usually the mid-way point on the line, Staverton, with a vintage rail replacement bus operating between Staverton and Totnes Town and Mainline Station. Our train services are not able to run to Totnes due to engineering work taking place where half a mile of track is being replaced, however the replacement bus will still provide a link with Totnes and will allow easy access to Totnes town centre too.
Take a look at our great travel options below.
TOTNES TOWN EXPLORER
Looking for a full day out? Book a ‘Totnes Explorer’ ticket (Train & Bus) in advance online and train seats will be reserved for your desired journey between Buckfastleigh and Staverton Stations. Your vintage bus journey to/from Totnes Town Centre will be allocated but the seats will not be reserved . When booked in advance, you will not be expected to share your train table with other persons outside your booking.
Due to limited seating on our vintage bus, it is recommended to purchase Totnes Explorer tickets in advance but there may be limited availability from Buckfastleigh Booking Office on the day.
How about exploring the walks around Staverton Station and the Dart Valley? Book a ‘Staverton Shuttle’ ticket and enjoy unlimited train travel between Buckfastleigh and Staverton Stations. These Rover tickets are available on all of our train services but seats are not reserved and, if busy, you may have to share a seating area with persons outside your booking.
Train and Bus Time Table
Explore the Valley of the River Dart and Totnes Town
Buckfastleigh Station provides ample free parking, gardens, Riverside Walk, Refreshment Rooms, Gift and Model Shop. If travelling to us by car, we recommend starting your day out from here.
Our historic steam trains will be operating between Buckfastleigh and Staverton only whilst we carry out track replacement works between Staverton and Totnes.
Staverton Station is a nostalgic wayside station that has appeared in various TV and film scenes. On alighting the train here you can enjoy wonderful riverside walks to Totnes, Dartington Hall and Staverton village, including the cosy Sea Trout Inn. You can choose to take a break here or return to Buckfastleigh on the same train.
For February Half Term, Staverton provides the interchange for passengers travelling onwards to Totnes Town on our vintage bus. Spaces on the bus are limited to ‘Totnes Town Explorer’ ticket holders only.
Our Station at Totnes Riverside and the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm are currently closed.
Our vintage bus will call at Totnes Mainline Station Approach (Stops A and C) before terminating at the Royal Seven Stars (Stop E), at the bottom of Totnes’ characteristic Fore Street. Here you can explore the fabulous selection of independent shops and even Totnes Castle (weekends only).
If you are intending to visit other neighbouring attractions or shops on your visit to us, we recommend checking their opening times in advance as they may vary.
Locomotive information and Working Timetable
Hauling the trains will be GWR 0-6-0 Pannier Tanks 6412 and 6430.
6412 is one of three members of the class to have been purchased by the Dart Valley Railway for preservation and arrived at Buckfastleigh in the mid 1960s, along with fellow class members 6430 and 6435, straight from service with the Western Region of British Railways.
6430 was originally only purchased as a source of spares but thankfully, after it was purchased by a private buyer, has since been restored and now calls the South Devon Railway home.
During the weekends you’ll also be able to take a ride behind 2-6-2 Prairie 5542, which will retire from traffic for overhaul early this year. 5542 will be in push-pull mode with Auto Coach 233.
Our Working Timetable is available to download HERE, which may be of interest to enthusiasts. Please note that 6412 and 6430 may swap diagrams each day, and we cannot guarantee which 64xx locomotive will be on which service each day.