Steamed up and ready to go for South Devon Railway in its 150th birthday year

By Ginny Ware   |   Totnes Reporter   |
Friday 1st April 2022 4:00 pm
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The South Devon Railway is reopening for daily services
The South Devon Railway is reopening for daily services (Sarah Anne Harvey (SDR ) )

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The South Devon Railway (SDR) has reopened for daily steam train services.

This follows the completion of a major programme of track renewal undertaken during the winter.

The general manager of the scenic seven-mile line between Buckfastleigh and Totnes Riverside, Ernest Elsworth-Wilson, said: “We are really looking forward to the start of another season and welcoming passengers again to our railway.

“This year, we’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the line, which originally terminated in Ashburton, back in 1872.

“Increasingly, businesses such as local hoteliers and holiday parks, are reporting healthy bookings for 2022 so we are optimistic that we’ll have another busy season.”

The railway has just completed major trackwork renewals which have centred on the lifting of half a mile of life-expired track on the ‘Royal Mile’, just north of Totnes Riverside station, and its replacement with new ballast, sleepers and rail, which will improve the quality of the ride for passengers.

Steam trains along the whole line will be running every day.

Ernest Elsworth-Wilson, the SDR’s general manager explains: “Our team has worked incredibly hard to complete all the winter work on time.”

The rail replacement forms part of the South Devon Railway’s current major infrastructure investment programme.

More details of train times are available on the SDR’s website, where online booking is also available.

Visit https://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/visit-us/whats-on/

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