We will be marking the beginning of our 140th anniversary year since the line opened on 1st May 1872 and the start of our main daily running season with a bargain spring 'half fare' weekend on 24th and 25th March 2012.
Nine trains will be running each day. Countryside lovers will be able to see and enjoy stunning spring scenery from the comfort of the trains as they meander their leisurely way down one of the west country's most glorious valleys, beside the River Dart, which is now carpeted with wild daffodils and primroses. Walkers can take advantage of some relaxing walks from the stations too.
Coming a few weeks before the Easter break, we always start the season with a special cut-price event to say thank you to the line's many regular visitors, local people and volunteers.
Fares on each day are half price at just £5.90 for adults and £3.40 for children between three and 14. Under threes and South Devon Railway Association members travel free. The first train leaves Buckfastleigh at 10.00 am and from Totnes Littlehempston at 10.45 with trains leaving both stations at approximately 45 minute intervals, as our blue timetable.
General manager, Dick Wood, says: "This year is the 140th anniversary of the South Devon Railway being opened on 1st May 1872, so it should be a memorable one for everyone who loves the sight and sound of our steam trains here in the west country. It is now probably carrying more people than at any time in its history so has come a long way in 140 years."
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