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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Transport heritage site

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A Terrifying Test of Transport Trivia

  • 26 November 2015 7:30-9:15pm

This year's Christmas social evening in the South Devon Railway Trust Museum's popular series of events is on Thursday 26 November 2015, in the Engineering Workshop mess room at Buckfastleigh station. In what promises to be an entertaining evening, John Brodribb will present his Cracking Christmas Quiz - a testing treat of train and transport trivia. There will be a variety of railway photos, both on and off the South Devon Railway, to help matters along. You don't need a detailed knowledge of railways to take part, and there will be something for everyone. There will certainly be prizes for the winning teams! There is no charge for entry to the meeting, and no need to book in advance. Doors will open at 7.00pm, with the quiz kicking off at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

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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