South Devon Railway Museum

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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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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Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Soldiers camped out on the South Devon Railway

Centenary of the Great War Exhibition

  • 18 June — 31 December 2014 *on now

A display in the South Devon Railway Trust Museum at Buckfastleigh station to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914. Posters and contemporary photographs help show the impact on the local community, and the part played by railways.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

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Heritage Open Days 2014: South Devon Railway Behind the Scenes

  • 13 — 14 September 2014

Guided tours of many parts of the South Devon Railway that are not normally accessible to the public. At Buckfastleigh station these include the engineering workshops, original signal box, vintage fairground collection, grounds and gardens and diesel locomotive cabs. At Staverton station, guided tours of the SDR Permanent Way machinery and on-track plant.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/south-devon-railway-behind-the-scenes2

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