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The multi-award winning South Devon Railway is one of Devon’s and the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west, celebrating over 50 years in preservation.

The SDR is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes.

We run steam trains with heritage rolling stock and offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.

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For full details of our opening and running times, please visit our website.

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    • Monty's Guide
      October 4, 2022 at 9:14 am
      Stacey BestonStacey Beston

      08:08 12 Dec 22
      We went to the polar express and it was amazing. The whole place looked so magical. Staff were so friendly and helpful. The effort gone into the event was brilliant.ToiletsEasy parkingAccessibleFood and drink stands

      Liz MaryLiz Mary

      21:05 03 Oct 22
      Very evocative I almost got a smut in my eye whilst stood on the bridge watching the train leave en route for Totnes. I found the museum fascinating . Lots to see for free even if you don't take the train. Super atmosphere in Buckfastleigh Station everyone else thoroughly enjoying it too. Did my soul good to visit today .

      Peter KingPeter King

      18:30 31 Jul 22
      Fun Sunday lunch on the train in this exceptionally beautiful river valley. Steam engines and lots of other "memorabilia" adorn the stations. And there's a little museum & a model railway shop... The model railway includes Thomas the Tank Engine and Harry Potter's flying Ford Anglia!...

      Michael HaywardMichael Hayward

      18:03 10 Jul 22
      Great family day out. Took a steam train ride to Totnes and back - then stopped at the butterfly and otter sanctuary. Highly recommend it.

      Kim BayleyKim Bayley

      17:50 25 Apr 22
      Charming. Beautifully reconstructed and restored buildings. Lovely engines and carriages and lovely staff. Enjoyed every minute of going alongside the River Dart having tea and cake in the Buffet Carriage.

      Philip IrelandPhilip Ireland

      17:24 24 Apr 22
      Had a lovely few hours there last week & a ride on the train from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. The staff are very welcoming. The restaurant at Buckfastleigh does a nice breakfast. The Museum is worth a visit and if you are a train modeler they have all you could ever want. We did not visit everything but will come back another day. We visited midweek at the end of April so it was not too busy. Thank you to all that work & volunteer. Be Safe.

      Paul 'Ty' MckenziePaul 'Ty' Mckenzie

      19:56 24 Dec 21
      The Polar Express was just amazing, truly a magical experience, worth every penny, and more. My little boys absolutely loved every moment, the people were amazing, and Santa was so good. I can not recommend this enough to everyone, and my family will definitely be going next Christmas...


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