South Devon Railway | Best Steam Trains 2023 in Devon

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.

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.

Ride the South Devon Railway and, while you are with us, you can visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy food and drink?

Most of our trains operate a Buffet Car, providing hot and cold drinks, beer, cider, snacks, cream teas and pasties.

During weekends and holidays our ice cream kiosk is open at Buckfastleigh, offering drinks, pasties and local ice cream.

There is also a café, Birdie’s Kitchen, at the station at Buckfastleigh serving a variety of hot and cold food, snacks and drinks.

Other than a train ride, what else can I do?

At Buckfastleigh we have 14 acres of grounds to explore, including a riverside walk, gardens and children’s play area. There is a museum on the station platform that contains many historic artifacts, including Tiny, the only surviving engine of Brunel’s Broad Gauge. There is an extensive gift and model shop with detailed model railway too!

Staverton station is a great starting point for rural walks beside the River Dart and to the Sea Trout Inn.

Our Station at Totnes Riverside is a 20 minute walk from the historic town centre, where there are many artisan shops and cafes. On our Peak timetable days in the summer we operate a vintage bus between Totnes Mainline station and the town centre.

How much are fares and tickets to South Devon Railway?

Full round trip tickets start from £19 for Adults and £13 for Children. Concession, Single and All-Day Tickets available.
Visit our website HERE to find out more.

Where can I find a timetable?

Trains operate daily between 25th March and 29th October. To find out more, visit our website HERE.

How accessible is it?

Customers who are registered disabled and their carers can purchase discounted tickets from our Booking Offices on the day. There is limited wheelchair space in a dedicated carriage on our trains. Buckfastleigh and Totnes stations have accessible toilets.

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We loved our little day trip from buckfastleigh to totnes with our two dogs. We particularly loved all the friendly staff.

Lucy S

We’ve been coming to this railway for years & it’s wonderful. Beautiful scenery alongside the river dart & well kept station’s. There is a small museum & a great gift shop & cafe and free parking Buckfastleigh end. You don’t need to be into trains to enjoy it & I’m always amazed at the amount of friendly & committed volunteers all working around the site.

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