GWR 813 to visit SDR for 150th anniversary celebrations

The South Devon Railway are pleased to announce the visit of unique 1901 built 0-6-0 No.813 for the line’s 150 year celebrations between the 30th April and the 2nd May 2022.


To mark 150 years since the railway opened between Totnes, Buckfastleigh and Ashburton on 1st May 1872, Great Western Railway No. 813 will operate along the scenic line beside the River Dart, hauling historic trains of beautifully turned out carriages and authentic goods wagons of the period. There will be an extensive train service over the three day event so visitors will have a chance to explore the local area and history of our line, including the opportunity to travel behind the other locomotives based at Buckfastleigh Station.


GWR No.813, previously Port Talbot Railway No.26, was built by Hudswell Clarke of Leeds at the very start of the 20th century. It was withdrawn by the GWR in 1933 and then started a new life working in industrial service, finally working with the National Coal Board until withdrawal from service in 1967. The locomotive was acquired by GWR 813 Preservation Fund and today it is kindly on loan from them and the operators, Severn Valley Railway.


For more details, visit the event page HERE

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Totnes Station Information 8th August to 1st September

Totnes Footpath Diversion

Essential railway bridge repairs by Network Rail will mean that there will be a diversionary walking route between Totnes main line station and the South Devon Railway’s Totnes Riverside station and the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm . The works are scheduled to last between 8th August and 1st September.