Buckfastleigh

  • Video: South Devon Railway from the footplate

    Video: South Devon Railway from the footplate

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    If like me, you’re in desperate need of a heritage railway ‘fix’ in the current Covid-19 lockdown, you may be interested in this newly released video clip of the South Devon Railway (SDR). The 30-minute clip takes you on a ride from Buckfastleigh to Totnes Riverside. Shot from on top of the locomotive’s cab roof…

  • Former Wadebridge pannier welcomed back by South Devon team

    Former Wadebridge pannier welcomed back by South Devon team

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    FORMER Wadebridge ‘1366’ 0-6-0PT No. 1369 ran its long-awaited first revenue-earning train in slightly more than two years on October 5 at the South Devon Railway.  The diminutive pannier had its first light engine test run on October 3, then double-headed with the 14.35 from Buckfastleigh to Totnes the following day with ‘57XX’ 0-6-0PT No.…

  • Four panniers and ‘Foxcote’ farewell for WSR’s country railway event

    Four panniers and ‘Foxcote’ farewell for WSR’s country railway event

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    THE West Somerset Railway’s (WSR) Autumn Steam Gala will take place just days after this issue of The RM goes on sale, with a no fewer than four GWR Collett panniers taking centre stage. Three of the ever-popular 0-6-0PTs will be visiting the railway for the October 3-6 A Country Railway-themed event, including one-time resident…

  • Ex-West Somerset Class 04 makes debut at South Devon diesel gala

    Ex-West Somerset Class 04 makes debut at South Devon diesel gala

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    CLASS 04 No. D2271 entered service at the South Devon Railway July 19-21 diesel gala. Running in plain green with no numbers or transfers it was found to be unable to keep its scheduled timings, and was the reason for late running on the Friday and the Saturday.  No. D2271 worked its first scheduled trip on Sunday…

  • South Devon hits half century as first Dart Valley trains are remembered

    South Devon hits half century as first Dart Valley trains are remembered

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    THE reopening of the Ashburton branch as the Dart Valley Railway in 1969 was commemorated during early April with a nine-day Golden Anniversary gala at the South Devon Railway (SDR). A combination of historic re-enactments and themed operating days, coupled with a cast of visiting and resident locomotives, provided a wealth of variety to the…

  • 1501 and Barclay heading to west country for golden celebration gala

    1501 and Barclay heading to west country for golden celebration gala

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    Outside-cylindered Hawksworth pannier No. 1501 is making its first visit to the South Devon Railway.

  • Where 31 Jolly Runners beat the train along the Dart!

    Where 31 Jolly Runners beat the train along the Dart!

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    SUNDAY, February 17 saw Devon running business ‘Jolly Running’ host the inaugural ‘Beat the Train’ 12-kilometre race based at the South Devon Railway’s Totnes Riverside station. A special steam train park and ride service from Buckfastleigh was used by many of the runners to arrive by rail at the early morning event. On arrival at…

  • South Devon confirms golden anniversary celebrations

    South Devon confirms golden anniversary celebrations

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    While there will be many activities and events going on throughout the year to mark 50 years since part of the GWR Ashburton branch reopened as the Dart Valley Railway, the key centrepiece events are the April 6-14 steam gala and the July 19-21 diesel gala, the South Devon Railway has confirmed. Two locomotives which…

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