South Devon Railway Museum

The South Devon Railway Museum can be found in the former goods shed at Buckfastleigh station.

Although established many years ago in the early days of heritage operation of the line, extensive refurbishment started at the end of 2009. Part has been closed while new displays and artefacts have been prepared, whilst the infrastructure has been greatly improved. All parts open to the public are now fully accessible, while lighting and information are much better.

The aim of the museum is to present a picture of the Ashburton branch throughout its life. This takes it from the very first appearance of the railway in South Devon, through the broad gauge era, the Great Western and British Railways through to the heritage era of the Dart Valley Railway and South Devon Railway. The story is told through a wide range of artefacts, including photographs, posters and timetables. The only surviving broad gauge locomotive – Tiny – takes pride of place, while 0-4-0 Peckett Ashley, which spent its working life at Exeter Gas Works, shows children of all ages how a steam engine works. Track and signalling are not forgotten, and as time goes on more and more of the museum will become interactive.

The South Devon Railway Museum can help provide a great day out for visiting schools and other groups, as well as being a fascinating place to find out about the history of local railways and part they played in their communities. It is open throughout the year – do drop in and see us.

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By Steam Auto Train to Staverton

  • 30 June 2016 7:30-10pm *on now

The SDRT Museum's June meeting takes a rather different form from others in this season. We have again hired a steam auto train to take people for an evening out at one of South Devon's most popular pubs, the Sea Trout at Staverton. Auto trains were an important part of rural lines such as the Ashburton branch, part of which is now the South Devon Railway. In order to cut costs the Great Western Railway designed a special type of coach to run with a small tank engine, where the train could be driven either from the engine's cab in the normal way, or from one end of the coach. There was no need for the engine to run round its coaches at each end of the line. A further idea was to provide steps down from the coach, so that passengers could board or alight at the track side, without having to be at a station platform. , This steam-hauled excursion will leave Buckfastleigh at 7.30pm on Thursday 30 June, and stop at Staverton station. Passengers have the option of taking a leisurely guided stroll through idyllic country side to the Sea Trout. Alternatively they can stay on the train at alight at Napper's Crossing using the special steps, where it is a very short walk to the pub. Anyone who wishes to do so can remain on the train and travel to Totnes and back. It will also be possible to joint the train at Totnes, and get back there afterwards. The train will return to Buckfastleigh for about 10.00pm, and the fare is £5. There is no need to book – just turn up on the day. We look forward to seeing you there!

Suitable for

  • 18+



South Devon Railway Museum
South Devon Railway Trust
The Station
TQ11 0DZ




0845 345 1466

01364 642338


01364 642170

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