Heritage Train Experiences

Jump into a world of nostalgia at the South Devon Railway, where our heritage steam trains gently meander alongside the river Dart through glorious Devon scenery. See the guard wave their flag, hear the engine blow its whistle and glimpse the whisps of white steam drifting past your window. Enjoy a ride along our line in our beautifully restored vintage carriages to our historic stations, with lots more to see and do when you are here.

On our “Heritage Steam Train Experience” days, there are four return trips between Buckfastleigh and Totnes each day, with all services planned to be formed of our historic carriages, pulled by a steam engine. On our “Heritage Steam and Diesel Train Experience” days, in addition to the four services pulled by a steam engine there is an additional early evening service pulled by one of our heritage diesels, giving the opportunity to experience both steam and diesel, along with an even longer stay at the railway, our nearby attractions or for an extended visit to Totnes or Buckfastleigh towns!

Don’t forget to check out the “What to See and Do” page for more details – we’re far more than just a train ride!

Heritage Train Experience
5526 at Hood Bridge on the South Devon Railway. Picture courtesy of Bernard Mills

Heritage Train Experience Times

Heritage Steam Train
Experience Times

Totnes Riversidea11.0012.402.454.15
Totnes Riversided11.

Heritage Steam and Diesel Train
Experience Times

Totnes Riversidea11.0012.402.454.155.40
Totnes Riversided11.

Principal Fares

Child (3-15)£11£8
Child (0-2)FreeFree
Senior Citizen£16£11
Family Super Saver (2 adults & 2 children)£49.50
Premium Compartment
(for up to 6 persons)
Not Currently AvailableNot Currently Available
Disabled / Carer£8.50

Our standard tickets are available to book online in advance, or can be purchased from our booking offices on the day, however to beat the queues we recommend booking before your visit.

Members, Privilege and Shareholder fares are available on the day from our Booking Offices only.

Customers who are registered disabled and their carers can purchase discounted tickets from our Booking Offices on the day. Please note that there is limited wheelchair space on our services, however on most services this is in a dedicated wheelchair-adapted carriage.

Special fares are available for groups of 10 or more visitors booking together, schools, clubs, etc. Please contact trains@southdevonrailway.co.uk for more information.

Some of our special events, such as Days out with Thomas and Polar Express attract different ticket prices. Please contact us if you have any enquiries.

Day out with Thomas™

Peep peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at the South Devon Railway. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement.

Santa Waving

Polar Express

Have a truly magical experience, for the whole family, this Christmas with THE POLAR EXPRESS ™ Train Ride at the South Devon Railway.

3 Great Attractions

Great value joint tickets for two or three attractions in one day!

Joint Tickets are available from our booking offices AND on our website for all-day unlimited travel on the South Devon Railway PLUS a visit to the Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies (adjacent to Buckfastleigh Station) and/or Totnes Rare Breeds Farm (adjacent to Totnes Station).

Click here for more details about our great value full day out!

SDR + Otters & Butterflies OR Totnes Rare Breeds FarmSDR + Otters & Butterflies
AND Totnes Rare Breeds Farm (3 Great Attractions)
Child (0-2)FreeFree
Child (3-15)£17.50£23.00
Senior Citizen (65+)£22.50£29.00
Family (2A + 2C)£72.00£93.00

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