South Devon Railway

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South Devon Railway

The South Devon Railway is a seven-mile stretch of former Great Western Railway branch line, that runs from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. The route, first established in 1872, follows a stunning valley of the River Dart, and runs steam trains with heritage rolling stock. The South Devon Railway is a popular tourist attractions, and makes a memorable day experience for all weather, and all ages.

Starting at Buckfastleigh station, you can visit the South Devon Railway Museum, that is set up in an old goods shed. The museum takes you through the history of the branch line, from it’s first appearance, through it’s broad gauge era, to it’s heritage status.

Next, take a ride on the railway, experiencing the sounds, the smells, and the beautiful scenery of the River Dart. On your travels you can stop to enjoy 3 great local attractions along the line, including the Buckfastleigh Butterfly farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, and the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm.

If you fancy dining in style, then restaurant cars are available for Sunday Lunch and Afternoon Tea bookings. Enjoy a three course Sunday Lunch Departing from Buckfastleigh Stations at 12:15pm, or a traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes, and a cream tea, departing from Buckfastleigh Stations at 15:45pm.

Useful Info

Main Features: Railway, Museum, Restaurant Car

Attraction Type: Heritage Railway

Food: Restaurant Car (Sundays and Afternoon Tea only)

Nearest Town: Buckfastleigh

Disabled Access: Yes

Where is it?

South Devon Railway