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.

Venue Type:

Transport heritage site

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Morris dancers at Staverton station

Museums at Night 2017

  • 27 October 2017 7-10pm

An evening of Living History at the SDRT Museum at Buckfastleigh station, and then on the train to Staverton station. Meet some of the people who drove the engines, shunted the trucks and worked in the goods shed. Join the local train - known since time immemorial as Bulliver - and meet some of the Dartington Morris Men on their way to a traditional evening out. The evening starts at 7.00pm at the museum on the platform at Buckfastleigh station, and continues on board the local train to Staverton. Once there the Morris Men will be providing an evening’s entertainment of music and dancing, and the Refreshment Coach will be open for selling snacks and hot drinks. This is the perfect antidote to Halloween. The train will be back at Buckfastleigh by 10.00pm.

This will be an entertaining and enjoyable evening with something for everyone. Bring the family, bring the neighbours, bring the dog - we look forward to seeing you all.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5.00 adult, £3.00 child

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




0845 345 1466

01364 642338


01364 642170

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