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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Bus Preservation and Loddiswell Museum

  • 28 May 2015 7:30-9:30pm

The SDRT Museum's May meeting breaks new ground for the second time this season. The subject is 'Bus Preservation and the Loddiswell Museum', the speaker is David Sheppard, and the venue is Staverton station, on the South Devon Railway. A free heritage bus service will carry people from Buckfastleigh station to Staverton station, and will return after the meeting. , David Sheppard is well known as an enthusiast for all types of heritage transport, and has been involved with bus preservation for many years. His skills include all aspects of rebuilding and running heritage vehicles, and he can often be found at the wheel of one of his buses. His illustrated talk will include material about the private bus museum at Loddiswell, and the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust. One of their best-known activities locally is the hugely-popular annual Kingsbridge bus running day, when a variety of vehicles recreates many of the routes based on the town and its hinterland., Part of the evening's entertainment will be a ride in David's ex-Western National bus KTA 270 between Buckfastleigh and Staverton stations. The bus will leave Buckfastleigh at 7.30pm, returning after the meeting, by about 9.45pm. Seating is limited to 33 people, and so will have to be on a first come, first served basis if the demand is heavy. The meeting itself will start at Staverton station at 7.45pm, and refreshments will be available. Entry is free. We look forward to seeing you there!,

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free

Steam Excursion to Staverton

  • 25 June 2015 7:30pm-10am

The SDRT Museum's June meeting takes a rather different form from others in this season. Following a successful trial in 2014, we have again hired an 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 25 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. 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

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5

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

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