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South Devon Railway

Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
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About South Devon Railway
The South Devon Railway is one of the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the region. The former GWR branch line runs along the stunning valley of the Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes on a 14 mile round trip. The steam trains offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages. The railway also has a fascinating museum, gardens, riverside walk, locomotive restoration workshops, a gift and model railway shop, refreshment rooms and more. Free car parking at Buckfastleigh, just off the A38, midway between Exeter and Plymouth; Totnes is a 500 yard walk from the main line station.
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Tom W wrote a review Oct 2020
Colchester, United Kingdom435 contributions100 helpful votes
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I visited here quite by accident really, my family & I were on holiday in Kingswear for a week & on the day when we came to Buckfastleigh, we visited the nearby Otter Sanctuary. Once we finished there, I had a look around the site at Buckfastleigh station before we headed back to Kingswear, I had known beforehand that sadly no trains would be running which I accepted & understood. But, I still had a happy hour or so, wandering around taking photos of several GWR steam locomotives & a few Diesel locomotives, the volunteers & staff I spoke to were very pleasant & friendly including those who served me in the station shop where I bought several very nice items including several postcards for my photo album. I was glad I could support this railway with my entry donation & spendings in the shop, had a nice time, albeit even though I could'nt have a ride on the train. All the best to everyone at the South Devon Railway & I really do hope you can get running again someday.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Jeremy W wrote a review Oct 2020
Wroughton, United Kingdom592 contributions91 helpful votes
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Even if they have decided not to run trains it is still well worth spending a couple of hours here. If only as a break being just off the main road. The reason why the line cannot go to its Ashburton terminus. Lots of railway things to see plus an otter animal attraction in the car park. Interesting is that the work shops which you look down on from an observation point is a center for wheel repairs including mainline train cos. Volunteers are excellent at explaining what is happening. Best wear sensible shoes . Shop excellent lots of model railway bits from main manufactures. plus usual tourist stuff. Cafe has been moved to a chalet hut in car park. bad news if you were hoping to get some big ticket model railway items sneaked in! Second hand book shop worth visiting. No piles of tatty mags. Books in order covering lots of topics fiction to railways to cooking.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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dixonpj000 wrote a review Sep 2020
Bournemouth, United Kingdom12 contributions4 helpful votes
Trains not running as expected but still lots to do for a donation but make sure you visit at a weekend currently. We went on a Sunday and was great to have the replacement bus and miniature trains running to ride on. It was so good we went back on Thursday but neither of the above were running which was a disappointment for me son as this was not advertised.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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John wrote a review Sep 2020
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Every now and then I need a steam fix and yes drag my other half along. Today was one of those days. The intention was to pop into the shop there. But what we did was a treat. OK there's no trains running as expected in these strange times however, that didn't matter. There was the opportunity to see behind the scenes, to have a look at the workshops and the sheds. Plus the older signal box was open. If you're even casually interested in steam it's well worth a visit. The volunteers are so friendly and helpful. You can feel the passion to keep this attraction open. If you're local or even if you're not spare so time and go visit. They ask for a donation and the recommendation is a fiver! Do it. Best £5 you'll spend. Thank you everyone we met today. 👍🏽
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Tracey O wrote a review Aug 2020
Littlehampton, England, United Kingdom167 contributions42 helpful votes
Well worth a visit but at moment due to Covid no trains are running. But you can still look around the engine sheds, the men were there with their toy trains up and running and the little sit on steam train was running.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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