Half price weekend - 21st/22nd March 2015
We are kicking off the start of our main daily running season with a bargain spring ‘half fare’ weekend on 21st & 22nd March, as part of ‘English Tourism Week’ to show that we’re truly open for business again right through to the end of October 2015.
Passengers will be able to cast off the recent cold and wet winter blues and step out to bask in a cut-price steam feast redolent of the Golden Age of Steam! There are no fewer than nine departures on both days from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, so you’ll never have to wait too long for a train.
Countryside lovers will be able to see and enjoy some stunning spring scenery from the comfort of the trains as they meander their leisurely way down one of Devon’s most glorious valleys by the River Dart which is now carpeted with beautiful daffodils and primroses, and walkers can take advantage of some relaxing walks and see the flowers from stations too.
Fares on both days will be at half-price for adults and children (aged 3-15) with under threes and SDRA members going free.
The first train leaves from Buckfastleigh at 10.00am and from Totnes (Littlehempston) at 10.45am. Trains will leave both stations at about 45 minute intervals on both days.
Services planned comprise a Great Western era train with chocolate and cream coaches and a set of 1950s style BR crimson and cream coaches with trains hauled by GWR Collet 0-6-0 ‘2251’ class No 3205 or newly overhauled GWR 0-6-0PT 64xx No 6412.
Volunteer workers are always being sought to help with the running of the railway and the South Devon Railway Association is holding a start-of-season recruitment drive over the weekend too. So, if anyone is interested in getting their hands dirty (or staying very clean - we need help with admin too!) and helping us to keep the railway’s wheels turning, then they can just turn up and talk to some of the volunteers already helping run the SDR who can happily explain all of the jobs on offer and what’s involved.
Our two engines for half price weekend: 3205 and 6412