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French Twin Guide Book Lapel Badge Accomodation Aims & Objects

The Membership of the South Devon Railway Association is the life blood of the South Devon Railway.
Most of the staff operating the railway are volunteers and members' subscriptions are put to good use on all sorts of projects.  Members are in a unique position to spread the word about the South Devon Railway by talking about us to friends and colleagues, and by distributing and displaying publicity material all over the country, an well as abroad

News and Information

A high quality magazine , "BULLIVER" featuring comprehensive news of developments on the Railway, interesting articles, letters and first class photographs is posted to you quarterly.

Saves Money

Attractive privilege fares (FREE. travel for regular Volunteers) available on almost all South Devon Railway trains.

Active Participation

The opportunity to work on the Railway in a variety of fascinating and rewarding jobs, from Ticket Inspector to Signalman, from Platelayer to Carriage Restorer, from Station Maintenance to Signal & Telegraph Lineman, from Guard to Fireman or eventually, Engine Driver.

Social Events

Film and slide shows and talks on Railway subjects are held regularly in Devon, London, Birmingham and the South Coast

A Warm Welcome

Whether you support us just with your subscription, come along to meetings, work on the Railway or even assist in administration, you will be made MOST WELCOME.

A French Twin

The South Devon Railway is unique in being Twinned with the . a French steam railway at Saint-Quentin between Calais and Paris.


The principle Aim and Object of the South Devon Railway Association is :

 "To provide assistance - financial or otherwise - to the South Devon Railway Trust for the operation, promotion and restoration of the railway between Buckfastleigh and Totnes in the County of Devon.  The Association will endeavour at all times to create standards that, where possible, reflect the best traditions of the Great Western Railway or British Railways (Western Region)."

In furtherance of this, the South Devon Railway Association has, over the years, acquired several items of Great Western Railway and other rolling stock for use on the South Devon Railway. Its fleet includes:

  • 0-6-0 PT Pannier tank locomotive No 1369
  • BR built. GWR design, auto coach No W228W
  • Former Exeter Gas Works shunter "Ashley"
  • Auto-fitted tank locomotive No. 1420
  • GWR Ocean Saloon No.9111 "King George"
  • GWR "Toad" brake van and several types of goods wagons


Working members who live some distance from the Railway have the opportunity to book an overnight bunk in "Hulbert Hall" the Association's dormitory attached to the volunteers mess room. Alternatively a list of local hotels and Guest Houses is available on request.(link) Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope for a prompt reply.


This useful publication gives a brief history of the building of the line back in 1872 and how it came to be preserved. Why not order a copy with your subscription. Please note that a revised version of the guide is due soon.


A full colour enamel lapel badge featuring the South Devon Railway Association logo, available to all members.
Details of all other sales items and exclusive South Devon Railway offers are periodically advertised in the South Devon Railway Association magazine "BULLIVER"

Why not join us - membership application form

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