Dartmouth Steam Railway
& River Boat Company
Queens Park Station
Devon TQ4 6AF
The Dartmouth Steam Railway (DSR) runs on one of the most scenic routes in England. From the North, DSR commences at its Queens Road Station located directly beside the Paignton National Rail (mainline) station. A very short walk.
From here the train runs along the coast of beautiful Tor Bay before turning inland through wooded slopes of the Dart Estuary to Kingswear. The railway runs for a distance of 7 miles (11 km) through what the copywriters call the ‘English Riviera’.
At Paignton Station there is now a new shop and cafe called ‘On Track’. Here the visitor will find a brand new range of gifts to suit all tastes and budgets. The cafe sells locally produced preserves, fudge, ice cream and biscuits.
Kingswear Station Visitor Centre
At Kingswear passengers may make the short ferry trip across the harbour to Dartmouth and/or join a boat cruise. The Kingswear Station Visitor Centre has been opened in a restored railway carriage. Inside is a very interesting exhibition on the history of the railway and its famous engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The Visitor Centre is open on operational days from 10:00 –17:00 hours and best of all, entry is free.
The DSR is an extremely professional operation coordinating steam train travel with river cruises to give visitors a complete day out. The company responsible is Dart Valley Railway PLC which operates two pleasure cruise companies under the trading name River Link. The railway also operates a small fleet of buses, many of which are open-top, on routes in connection with the railway and ferry.
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Admission Ticket Options
The DSR has a number of ticket options – train only; train + ferry; train + ferry + 1 hour boat trip; and Round Robin which includes Totnes in the boat trip. For full details go to the PDSR Web: DSR/ Times & Fare External Link
If you are starting from Dartmouth Kingswear you MUST allow at least ½ hour for the ferry crossing before the train departure time from Kingswear. The PDR station at Kingswear is about 131 yards (120 metres) from the Kingswear ferry terminal.
For visitors interested in that famous crime author Dame Agatha Christie, this area of Devon is where she lived as a young person and to which she returned when she purchased Greenway House as her holiday home. She travelled regularly on the railway, boarding at her home station of Churston. Local places often featured in her stories.
Hercule Poirot Walk
Walkers can follow in Hercule Poirot and Hastings’ footsteps in The ABC Murders mystery. Use this link to download a ‘walk’ leaflet in pdf format from the DSR website Web: ABC Murders Walk External Link
The DSR runs on what was originally part of the Great Western Railway (GWR) and the current locos and passenger carriages are painted in GWR livery. The green steam locos pulling their cream and chocolate coaches make a fine sight.
The route runs over challenging country involving quite steep gradients. Most of the locos prior to restoration worked hauling wagons for the Welsh and Cornish mines. They are named after mythological characters such as Hercules and Goliath. ‘Lydham Manor‘ is one loco which does not fit the above profile. She hauled passengers and her claim to fame is that she once hauled the royal train in the late 1950’s, with her sister, 7828 Odney Manor. Mercury, a class 25 diesel, is used for special events, emergency cover and off season engineering works.
There is a lot to see on the journey – a viaduct between Goodrington Sands and Broadsands Halt, and Hookhill Viaduct, a turntable at Churston and Greenway Tunnel. From Paignton to Kingswear the sea is on the left and the River Dart on the right.
Only Goodrington Station has no wheelchair access.
Disabled toilets only at Paignton & Kingswear stations.
Disabled visitors must either have a helper with them or be independent because DSR are not available to offer assistance. Ramps are provided to board trains.
Details of Disabled Access Web: DSR/ Access Information External Link
Plan Your Visit
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There is a comprehensive service during summer.
Please visit the DSR website below for complete details of all events and running days etc.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1803 555 872
Dartmouth Steam Railway External Link
- By Car
There is limited parking at Kingswear and Churston. No parking at any of the other stations. Council ‘Pay and Display’ parking is available at Paignton, Totnes and Goodrington. Allow at least 4 hours for a Boat Train trip and all day for a Round Robin Trip.
- By Rail
The ‘Riviera Line’ service from Exeter via Newton Abbot and Paignton terminates at Goodrington Sands. This is a local Network Rail mainline service which provides connections with the DSR. Newton Abbot is also a junction for trains from Plymouth.
Both Exeter and Plymouth stations are easily accessible from London – go to the National Rail Enquiries Web: National Rail Enquiries External Link
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