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South Devon Railway suspends ALL train services until 16th May.

t is with great regret that the South Devon Railway (SDR) has chosen to suspend ALL train services (including closing the Shop and Refreshment Rooms) with immediate effect from 17th March until Saturday 16th May.

This decision is a direct result of the ongoing Coronavirus issue and follows the latest Government health advice in restricting people’s movements and gatherings.

In the light of our need to protect our visitors and staff from risk, plus a steep decline in visitors since last weekend and the railway’s costs in running now empty trains, the SDR had no choice but temporary closure.

This includes all special events, dining trains and Drive-a-Train Experience days in that period. Those customers with pre-bookings affected by this will be contacted by the SDR over the next few days.

We apologise for the disappointment this will doubtless cause to our many supporters, friends, locals and visitors alike, and we appreciate people’s understanding of the position we face.

The SDR has a contingency plan that it has been following throughout the development of the Coronavirus issue and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

All future SDR events and running will be reviewed in light of developments and continuing medical advice. Please keep an eye on the SDR website and social media feeds for more information and updates.

The SDR Board and management will continue to monitor and follow the advice provided by the Government and Public Health England to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff.

The Prime Minister’s statement on 16 March was very clear: everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres, and avoid non-essential travel.

In view of this we have taken the reluctant decision to suspend operations until the situation improves but will obviously review the position frequently and will re-open when it is safe and responsible to do so.

*Please note, some key maintenance operations will still be carried out and the premises will remain manned and patrolled*

This is obviously going to be a challenging time for everyone and the South Devon Railway is no exception if you are able to support us we would be most grateful –


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: 3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day.

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