Heritage Open Days

As part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days event, we will be opening up ‘Behind the Scenes’ for the weekend of September 10th and 11th. The weekend offers a fantastic opportunity to see what goes on to keep our railway running; a fascinating day out  for anyone with an interest in railways and engineering or those who just like to know how things work!

Our recruitment stand will also be out, so if you like what you see then why not join us? Our friendly volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Volunteer Wagon Restorers working on a wagon.

What you can see

Below are some examples of what you can usually see at our Behind the Scenes events.

  • Our extensive and well-equipped workshops at Buckfastleigh where steam engine boilers are rebuilt and repaired. You can get up close and see our the huge machinery required to maintain railway vehicles including our boiler presses and wheel turning lathes.
  • Our carriage workshop where you can find out how we repair and maintain our carriages.

Viewing of our engineering and carriage workshops is by organised tours; tour start times and booking information will be published nearer the event date.

  • Explore our engine shed where we prepare our locomotives for their day’s work and perform general maintenance. If you’re lucky, you might also find tea and cakes!
  • Our miniature railway, which winds its way through our gardens at Buckfastleigh, is normally running, if the weather allows. There are also tours of the miniature engine shed too.
  • The original Buckfastleigh Signal box is open for you to have a go at pulling levers.
  • At Totnes Riverside Station, meet some of the dedicated team of volunteers who keep our stations and goods wagons in authentic BR(W) and GWR condition.

As well as the above, our vintage will be running with trips to Ashburton (the original terminus of our line) and nearby Buckfast Abbey and our refreshment rooms and shop will be open.

(All subject to availability).

In the Loco Shed during our Behind the Scenes event
Volunteer Station Maintainers restoring spear fencing

Event Updates

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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.