South Devon Railway
Dart Bridge Road
Devon TQ11 0DZ
The South Devon Railway (SDR) runs through the Dart Valley from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, a distance of 7 miles (11 km). It has been a heritage railway for forty years and runs both steam and diesel locomotives.
Heritage buses operate services from Buckfastleigh Station to Buckfast Abbey and the Buckfastleigh town centre when the railway is operating.
The railway runs beside the pretty River Dart through countryside not accessible by road. It has a small station at the tiny village of Staverton where passengers may wish to alight. A riverside walk takes you to the village with its early 14th century church of St Paul and also the local Sea Trout pub.
SDR joins National Mainline Rail at Totnes Town Station
Totnes Littlehampton station is linked to the Totnes mainline rail station by a footpath. Many visitors use this method of public transport to access a day out on the SDR. Attractions at Totnes include the old town, a castle and the Rare Breeds Farm alongside the station.
Buckfastleigh is the largest station and is the western end to the line. It has an excellent museum, model shop, refreshment room, picnic areas, gardens with a maze, riverside walks and plentiful free parking. The excellent Buckfast Butterfly Farm & Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary is close by and a joint railway/attraction ticket is available.
Voted Heritage Railway of the Year in 2007
This railway operates regularly throughout the year and was voted 'Heritage Railway of the Year' in 2007. It offers a wide variety of experiences for both families and enthusiasts. The station at Totnes has been created entirely from buildings and artefacts rescued from GWR stations all around the west of England.
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Plan Your Visit
The best station to start a journey is at Buckfastleigh. There is plenty of free, flat parking close to the platform.
Totnes Littlehampton Station is only accessible via a footpath link and is some 500 yards (457 metres) from the nearest parking at Totnes National Rail station. All trains have disabled access and reserved spaces for wheelchair-bound passengers.
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- By car
Buckfastleigh is around 22 miles (35.5 km) from Exeter, 21 miles (34 km) from Plymouth and 13 miles (21 km) from Paignton.
If travelling on the Exeter/Plymouth A38 road, leave at the Dart Bridge junction and follow the brown signs.
From Paignton, Torquay, Dawlish and Teignmouth, travel via Newton Abbot and the A383 to the A38. There is ample car parking Satvav: TQ11 0DZ. Totnes is on the A385 from Paignton and the A381 from Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. The SDR station (Totnes Littlehempston) is reached by footpath links from Totnes main line station (less than 500 yards or 457 metres) and the town where there are a number of public car parks.
- By Mainline Rail
Totnes main line station on the Great Western main line is close to the SDR station at Totnes Littlehempston. First Great Western, Cross Country Trains and South West Trains serve Totnes station. Through tickets to the SDR can be bought from any staffed First Great Western railway station. For details and tickets go to Web: National Rail Enquiries External Link
- By bus
Buses stop close to Buckfastleigh SDR Station and at Totnes main line station or town centre.
The SDR Railway website has comprehensive bus options on their website at Web: SDR/ How to Find US External Link
Details are available at Web: Traveline South West Bus Times External Link
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