Rails & Ales - August Bank Holiday, 22nd - 25th August 2014
This August Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 22nd to Monday 25th August, is our annual, hugely popular Rails & Ales event.
Rails & Ales will feature a mix of classic rail travel, including steam and heritage diesel locomotives, along with the real ale festival, which will be located at Staverton Station.
The combination of the authentic surroundings of a station unspoilt from years past and set in such a tranquil location, together with the classic combination of heritage trains and good quality ales and cider, has proved to be an excellent recipe with the size and popularity of the festival growing year upon year.
With very limited parking at Staverton during the event, visitors should use the frequent train service from both Buckfastleigh, where there is a large free car park, or from Totnes, where there are good connections with mainline train and local bus services.
Passenger services operate from 10.00 am through to 11.15 pm on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and to 6.00 pm on the Monday. Both steam and heritage diesel locomotives will be used as follows:
Steam locos in use are:
• GWR 4575 Class Small Prairie No. 5542 (every day)
• GWR 2251 Class Collett Goods No. 3205 (Fri, Sun & Mon)
• GWR 57xx Class Pannier Tank No. L.92 (Mon)
• Sulzer Type 2 No. D7612 (Sat & Sun)
• English Electric Type 3 No. 6975 (Fri & Sat)
Over 60 different ales and traditional ciders from both local and national brewers will be available at the Real Ale Festival. The festival opens daily from 11:00 am until 11.00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and then 11:00 am to 6.00 pm on the Monday. There is no separate admission charge to the festival and all ales and ciders will on sale at just £3.00 per pint with proceeds from the festival helping fund the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the Devon Diesel Society's fleet of historic locomotives and rolling stock.
A range of hot and cold food, cakes, tea, coffee and non alcoholic drinks will be available.
The Worcester Locomotive Society will be present in the yard on Saturday, Sunday and Monday serving Pimms, and on Saturday and Sunday evening there will also be a BBQ in the early evening. Sunday night will once again feature the popular just for fun quiz.
The Beer Festival is organised by the Devon Diesel Society.