The South Devon Railway Enthusiasts' site

Transport Gala and ‘Behind the Scenes’ Weekend
9th and 10th September 2017

Part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days event; a great opportunity to find out how we run the railway as well as enjoy vintage vehicles and trains all day!

So what’s going on?


  • Running Shed, 10.00 – 16.00
  • Carriage Restoration, 10.00 – 16.00
  • Lee Moor Museum, 11.00 – 15.00
  • Original Signal Box, 11.00 – 15.00 (Sunday Only)
  • Workshop Tours, 11.00 & 14.00 (maximum 15 people, Sign up and meet in Picnic Coach)
  • Miniature Railway – Running steam (visiting loco ‘Otter’ from Pecorama) and diesel services during the weekend (weather permitting)
  • Vintage Vehicles – The usual vintage car rally will be taking place in the gardens.
  • Vintage Bus – operating from the station forecourt.
  • Refreshment Rooms and Models & Gifts – open 9.30 – 17.30.

The Running Shed and Carriage Restoration will have seats and tables provided along with tea & cake ( donations accepted ) so that prospective volunteers can sit and talk about the various projects and opportunities.

The SDR Association will have a stand in the Picnic Coach where information can be found about volunteering on the railway. The SDR Volunteer Coordinator will be on hand to answer any questions.


The Permanent Way (PW) depot, where we keep all our track maintenance machinery, will be open continuously between 10am and 4pm. A varied selection of PW on-track machinery and plant will be on display, including the tamper, road-railer, TRAMM, Wickham trolleys and diesel shunters. There will be PW personnel on site for some of the event and where possible members of the public will be able to visit the cabs of both the tamper and TRAMM, under supervision. It is also hoped to have demonstration runs with a Wickham trolley.

Staverton’s café coach will be open, where you will also be able to learn about volunteering and becoming a member of the railway.


Wagon Restoration & Station Maintenance, 30 minute tours at 10.45, 11.45, 13.45 & 14.45.

SDRA Volunteer recruitment stand.


Our railway ran a further two miles to Ashburton in GWR and British Railways days, but in 1972 they built the A38 over the the trackbed.

Catch our former London Transport Red Routemaster ’Bus to Ashburton which will travel along the A38 Expressway.

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