1960s Mixed Traction Gala &Spring Real Ale Festival, 22nd-25th May
Over the coming Spring Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 22nd to Monday 25th May, we will be returning to the swinging 1960s as we host another of our popular themed gala weekends. The event also includes a large real ale and cider festival too run from the converted goods shed at idyllic Staverton station.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘Mixed Traction’ which will feature five locomotives - three steam and a special guest diesel -- in order to represent the fast-changing scene on the national railway network in the 1960s.
Steam services will be handled by the railway’s former GWR 0-6-0 “Collett Goods” locomotive, No. 3205, GWR 0-6-0 pannier tank No. 6412, which returned to steam this Easter after a major overhaul, and London Transport liveried 0-6-0 pannier tank No L.92.
The diesel locomotive is British Railways Brush Type 2 locomotive No. 31 601. The 1960-built diesel is operated on the main line by Devon & Cornwall Railways and is on the South Devon Railway for a repaint and to be named, on Friday 22nd, Devon Diesel Society. The Devon Diesel Society is based on the SDR and is undertaking the repaint.
Trains depart every 45 minutes.
The real ale festival will feature a wide variety of local beers and ciders, and some from further afield.
The bar will be open at Staverton every day of event. Whilst entry to the festival is free, there is very limited car parking at Staverton so visitors are advised to use the trains from Buckfastleigh, where there is a large free car park, or from Totnes, where good connections with main line services are available.