South Devon Railway

The South Devon Railway is 6.64 miles (10.69 km) long and can be found on the former Great Western Railway branch that runs alongside the River Dart in South Devon. The line has three main stations, Buckfastleigh, Staverton and Totnes Riverside.

The line was first opened in 1872 which ran from the junction at Totnes mainline station that went to Buckfastleigh and Ashburton. Ninety years later in 1962 the line closed.

In 1969 the line reopened as a heritage railway called the Dart Valley Railway. Due to improvements to the A38 road the line would no longer run to Ashburton.

In 1989 the Dart Valley Railway announced that the line was uneconomic and that they were looking for another operator to take it over or the line would close. Some of the railways volunteers decided to take over operations of the line. In 1991 the branch line was renamed as the South Devon Railway.

Below you will see a collection of South Devon Railway photographs which also includes visiting locos.

This gallery was last updated on the 7th September 2019. The first photograph in the gallery is the latest one to be added. Please click the thumbnail for a larger image and it’s information.

The current steam and diesel trains on the South Devon Railway are:

Steam Trains

GWR 4-6-0 no: 4920 ‘Dumbleton Hall’
GWR 2-8-0 no: 3803
GWR 2-6-2T no: 5526
GWR 0-6-0T no: 5786 (running as L.92)
GWR 0-6-0T no: 1369
GWR 0-4-2T no: 1420
GWR 0-6-0 no: 3205
GWR 0-6-0T no: 6412

Diesel Trains

Class 04 no: D2246
Class 09 no: 09010 (D3721)
Class 25 no: D7535
Class 25 no: D7541
Class 25 no: D7612
Class 33 no: 33002 (D6501)
Class 50 no: 50002
Class 121 no: W55000

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