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South Devon Railway

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Address: The Railway Station, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1364 642338
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Going Back into the 1950's

If you ever visit this line, you will sent back to the 1950's and a sense of that Old fashioned Branch Line, in 2005 I first visited the railway and it was lovely, great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Christopher F
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Truro, United Kingdom
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Truro, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you ever visit this line, you will sent back to the 1950's and a sense of that Old fashioned Branch Line, in 2005 I first visited the railway and it was lovely, great experience and have been back several times since. It is well worth a visit and there is plenty to keep you busy while you are there!

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1 Thank Christopher F
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on the Christmas train kids loved it. All run by volunteers who were fantastic. Very nice train journey. Brilliant afternoon out. Museum is small but lovely

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Shepley, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Trouble was the timing we took the dinning train in October 7pm dark what do you see nothing! Even with friends from Copenhagen the food was OK but without the views it made it a limited experience.

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South West England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited over the Christmas period and we were delighted to travel back in time to the bygone era of steam as well as along a lovely stretch of the River Dart the line follows between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. The train was very crowded with excited children and their parents as this was Santa Special time and the old gentleman accompanied... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Not to be missed trip on this steam railway , all the work done by volunteers . The stations are well kept even down to lighting real coal fires in the waiting rooms to keep you warm whilst awaiting your train.

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1 Thank JackieV27
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We travelled from buckfastleigh where you can see the otters and butterflies or take a lovely walk along the river or even have a picnic in the summer. Dogs are welcome on the trains at £1 each and they loved it and all he staff mad a big fuss of them. We then had a lovely walk to Totnes where... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

we did Santa by Steam yesterday. probably the best pre Christmas day out for Children under 10 we have ever done.. Not sure who enjoyed it more, them or us... Dr Foster you are a star ensuring that we had a good time, and as for the young elf who made sure that the toys were working properly and who... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My family and I spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon travelling on the Santa By Steam train. You board the train in Buckfastleigh at the station, which also has a carousel and a fairground organ at the entrance to add to the Christmas atmosphere. You are then shown to your carriage and seats, and this feels like stepping back in time,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Myself and my family came along on Saturday 5th and had an absolutely fantastic day! Of all the festive events we have attended, we can all safely say this was the best by far. I thought everything was extremely well organised, nothing was delayed and everything ran smoothly. All of the staff (from those in the café, to the gift... More 

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English Riviera, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

We have visited many times before and have today just been on the Santa train. Staff are always welcoming and helpful and we love the period stations and the fact that you can relax whilst the kids run around.

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