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

Opening hours

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Admission charges

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Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Heritage Transport Gala and 'Behind the Scenes'

  • 12 — 13 September 2015

Steam and diesel trains, goods trains, heritage vehicles and a fascinating look behind the scenes at how we operate the railway.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Fares apply.

Website

http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/events

River Dart Raft Race

  • 4 October 2015

See the annual River Dart Raft Race from the warm and dry of an SDR train. This year, it’s with a Rugby World Cup 2015 theme!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Fares apply.

Website

http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/events

Autumn Half Term Family Festival

  • 24 — 30 October 2015

A whole host of family activities every day to keep the kids amused and entertained, Routemaster bus trips, vintage fairground, face painting, photo exhibition and loads more.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Fares apply.

Website

http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/events

Halloween Express

  • 31 October 2015 From 6:30pm

Scary! A special train leaving Buckfastleigh at 6.30pm. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Fares apply.

Website

http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/events

November Diesel Gala Weekend

  • 7 — 8 November 2015

A weekend featuring our heritage diesel fleet operating an intensive service.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Fares apply.

Website

http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/events

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

Website

www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/museum

E-mail

trains@southdevonrailway.org

Telephone

0845 345 1466

01364 642338

Fax

01364 642170

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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