Diamond Jubilee Gala
Over the four day bank holiday weekend, in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the South Devon Railway will be holding a gala featuring four steam (including two visitors) and one diesel locomotive, with frequent trains running from 10.00 each day and late into the night.
To complement this event, the Worcester Locomotive Society (the owning group of GWR 0-6-0PT No 5786 and Kitson 0-6-0ST No 5474) will be holding their first Pimms stand, in the yard at Staverton, with all proceeds raised going towards the restoration to working order of Kitson 5474. Further details below:
Locomotives in use:
GWR 0-6-0PT No. 1369
GWR 0-6-0 No. 3205
GWR 2-6-2T No. 5542 (first runs after major overhaul and before leaving SDR)
BR 2-6-0 No 78019 (final runs before returning to the Great Central Railway)
BR Class 20 Diesel D8110
Trains will be in a mixture of formations, with two sets formed of 5 coaches, one in GWR Chocolate and Cream, the other in BR Blood and Custard. In addition to this a short two coach GWR local passenger train will be in operation each day, hauled by 5542 which should present an authentic branch line look. In addition there will be a demonstration goods train in operation. Full details are available in the working timetable below.
This will be located in the yard at Staverton, and will be open from 11.00am each day until dark, apart from Tuesday 5th when it will close at 5.00pm.
Real Ale Festival:
The popular Devon Diesel Society run real ale festival will be making a return, however this time in refurbished premises in one of the goods sheds at Staverton station. This will be open between 11.00am and 11.00pm each day except Tuesday 5th when it shall close at 5.00pm. More details available here.
By far the best way to get to Staverton for the Pimms stand and real ale festival is to catch one of the frequent trains throughout the day from either Buckfastleigh or Totnes.
People travelling from Buckfastleigh can park their car in our large free car park, whereas people starting from Totnes may wish to use mainline train services or buses and then make the short 15 minute walk from Totnes mainline station to our station at Littlehempston, allowing full enjoyment of the Pimms stand and real ale festival without the need to drive home! More details on how to get to us are available here.
Victorian Coach on display
G.W.R Royal Saloon No. 249 will be on display in Staverton yard, where people will have the chance to look inside this luxurious 1894-built vehicle. The claim to fame for this coach is that it was in the Royal Train that carried Queen Victoria from Wimbledon to London Paddington on her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
The full working timetable, including details of all train times and locomotive allocations, are available HERE.