South Devon Railway

South Devon Railway

  • Beautiful steam locomotives
  • Evening dining trains
  • Special Events
  • Day out tickets

The South Devon Railway steam trains run along the beautiful River Dart all the way between Totnes and Buckfastleigh on this former Great Western Railway branch line.

The heritage railway itself is known as the South Devon Railway, named in honour of the South Devon Railway Company that originally built much of Devon´s railway infrastructure, although its previous name of the Dart Valley Railway is sometimes still heard.

Whilst many visitors may be happy with a return trip on the railway, as it is connected to Totnes a whole host of possibilities are available for a day out. Most visitors take the return trip on the railway from Buckfastleigh where we have extensive free car and coach parking facilities. They have a Vintage Bus Service which runs on most operating days and is available to transport you to and from Buckfast Abbey and Buckfastleigh Town Centre. At Buckfastleigh you are also near to the Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary as well as the world famous Buckfast Abbey. A combined ticket is available covering train travel and entrance to the Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary.From Totnes the station is a gentle 20 minute walk from the centre of the town. Adjacent to the Totnes (Littlehempston) station is the Totnes Rare Breed farm. Totnes is a historic town where you can easily enjoy a few hours looking around the many interesting shops, studying the various old buildings, such as the Guild Hall and Totnes Castle. There are many tea rooms and pubs which look after the inner self.

Their website lists the current timetable and list of special events. You can also hire one of the trains yourself for a special occasion. Also available are the Devonshire Pullman evening dining trips where you can enjoy a three course dinner followed by coffee and mints – booking essential.

Main Image Photo Credit: Roger Stronell

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