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Report on recent Santa Trains
Title Date of Issue Version Précis
A report from the SDRT Museum Curator for mid March 18th March 2017 One Report by the SDRT Museum Curator on activies around the SDR
A report from the SDRT Museum Curator for early March
The South Devon Railway to host fund raiser for Buckfastleigh swimming pool
2th March 2017 One Early March report by SDRT Museum Curator
Details of the SDRT Museum February Meeting 15th February 2017 One Notice of SDRT Museum meeting with Pete Townend of the LNER
A report from the SDRT Museum Curator mid way through the 2017 Winter Gala
The Railway gears up for thew 2017 Winter Gala
14th February 2017 One Mid February news
A news roundup fromaround the Railway 3rd February 2017 One Early February 2017 news round up
Latest on permanent way works at Buckfastleigh and an unusual product from SDRE
An appeal for more volunteers to join the SDR cutting back gang
24th January 2017 One Report on Buckfastleigh yard developments and an appeal for Cutting Back Gand Members
Update on permanent way works at Buckfastleigh and carriageway works at Hood Bridge 16th January 2017 One Work is progressing in Buckfastleigh yard and Devon County Council are working at Hood Bridge
Report on forthcoming permanent way works and Buckfastleigh site development 04th January 2017 One Preparations are made for the Buckfastleigh Station yard remodelling in preparation for the site development
Report on end of season trains 20th December 2016 One
Review of recent arrivals and departures on the Railway 20th November 2016 One Recent arrivals and departures...
Report on our “Driver for a Tenner” Poppy Appeal fundraiser
Latest update on the Buckfastleigh Carriage Storage shed
Season Finale – our Diesel Gala
13th November 2016 One Reports on our “Driver for a Tenner” Poppy Appeal fundraiser; an update on the latest site development and the Diesel Gala.
News from Devon – last week on normal running 30th October 2016 One Report on the last “Normal” week for 2016.
News from Devon including our “Family Fun Week” and a caption competition... 26th October 2016 One Report from Family Fun Weekend
The SDR has won an RHS award and two Herald Express awards
Staverton Preservation Group complete restoration of GWR Shunters’ truck 41873
Tiverton Mid-Devon Museum Action
09th October 2016 One Report of recent awards won by the SDR
SDR bid for money for new carriage shed successful.
Great Western Society’s local branch newsletter and meetings programme..
07th September 2016 One SDR’s bid for money from the Viridor Credits and the Landfill Communities Fund successful
SDRT Museum Evening Talk 29th September 2016.
SDRT Museum “Red Bus” day trip 8th October 2016.
03rd September 2016 One SDRT Museum social events news
The latest round–up of SDR news 13th August 2016 One A round–up of SDR related news
The latest Bulleid boiler arrives for repair by SDRE
Auto trailer 233 enters service after a long restoration and “Carnarvon“ gets its tyres
Routemaster trip to Britsh Fireworks Championship, Plymouth
04th August 2016 One SDR Engineering have taken delivery of the first Bulleid boilers for repair after several groups have decided to pool their resources and share the costs. –5542 Ltd’s Auto, 233, enters service after a thorough overhaul. –The SDR are running the Routemaster to the british Fireworks Championship in Plymouth again this year.
The SDR has teamed up with Hannahs at Seale-Hayne to provide a “Magic Express” on 9 & 23 July and 13 & 20 August 2016. 06th July 2016 One The SDR and The Dame Hannah Rogers Trust have teamed up to produce a Harry Potter experience.
Buckfastleigh Station Group Fish ‘n’ Chip Train 14th August 2016. 25th June 2016 One The Buckfastleigh Station Group’s Fish and Chip train.
Information regarding a BBC TV series which includes scenes shot on the SDR 21st June 2016 One The SDR, amongst other heritage Railways and operators, was visited by Lion TV as part of the making of a historical series for the BBC.
Details of the forthcoming 1960s Gala
Swapping Littleworth Coach 484 for DAMO 42223 wasn't easy...
Report on the activities of the Cutting Back Gang
He’s gone on to another railway but Thomas left a great impression; read more
10th May 2016 One Notice of forthcoming 1960s Gala; the “Littleworth Coach” returns to the SDRT Museum; report on the Cutting Back Gang’s recent activities; a report on this year’s Day out With Thomas.
SDR says “Thank You” to local who raised money to repair buffet car after break-in
He’s back ! Information on the 2016 Days Out With Thomas
27st April 2016 One SDRT says “Thank You” to a local fund raiser; Information on forthcoming “Day Out With Thomas”.
SDRT Museum evening event 28th April 2016 covering Ashburton; “Back to the future ?” by John Brodribb SDRT Museum Curator 14st April 2016 One Notice of SDRT Museum evening event
Progress on Ashburton Junction Signalbox 11st April 2016 One The SDR S&T Department are progressing with Ashburton Junction Signalbox
A report on the Easter Gala and Easter week 01st April 2016 One A report on Easter Gala and the subsequent week
SDRT Museum evening event 31st March 2016 and a Saint George’s day “Red ’Bus tour” to Morwellham on 23rdApril 2016. 21st March 2016 One SDRT Museum events
SDRT opens a GWR safe to find it’s number 46 Date 26th February 2016 One A genuine GWR Safe is returned to service after the keys were lost.
Storm Imogen puts SDR Winter Steam Gala “at Risk” 09th February 2016 One Storm Imogen caused a landslip towards the Totnes end of the line
SDRE have produced carriage fault reporting books to purchase. 20th December 2015 One SDRE have produced a Carriage Fault reporting book which is available to other Railways in the heritage sector.
1295 gets new gutters for Christmas
Christmas preparations
01th December 2015 One GWR TSO 1295 has been fitted with new stainless steel gutters to an SDR design. Also details on the preparations for the Santa Trains.
The SDRT Museum have started on the restoration of GWR “DAMO” 42223
The last Museum social evening for 2015 will be Thursday 26th November
23rd November 2015 One News from the SDRT Museum about work on GWR “DAMO” 42223 and their last social event for 2015
Log Sales 21st November 2015
Friends of the Railway Studies Collection illustrated talk 17 November 2015
09th November 2015 One Notices of log sales and Friends of the Railway Studes Collection talk.
The SDR wins two more awards... 16th October 2015 One The SDR wins awards...
The SDR celebrates 50 years of the Heritage Era 03th October 2015 One Celebrations covering 50 years of the SDR.
Special train from London Paddington to Buckfastleighon-line booking for Heathfield return now available 03rd October 2015 One Special through train from London Paddington and then trips to Heathfield Branch.
SDR Gardens win another horticultural award
“Carols down the line” will be Wednesday 09th December – tickets available now
26th September 2015 One The SDR gardens win another horticultural award and"Carols Downthe line" returns on 09th december 2015
Fish and Chip Train Sunday 18th October
River Dart Struggle 2015 Sunday 04th October
16th September 2015 One Another of our popular Fish and Chip trains plus notice of an early bird service for the River Dart Rafty Race
Special train from London Paddington to Buckfastleigh 13th September 2015 One The Branchline Society and the new Great Western Railway are to run a special train from London Paddington to Buckfastleigh and return on Saturday 10th October 2015
The roof of the original signal box is repaired whilst the sun shines ! 11th September 2015 One Repairs continue to the original signal box (now known as North ’Box)
Former LNER A4 60009 “Union of South Africa” makes an unscheduled visit. 21th August 2015 One Former LNER A4 60009 “Union of South Africa” arrives by rail under its own steam to have a fault with one of its axles investigated in the South Devon Railway Engineering workshops.
Routemaster trip to Plymouth Fireworks Competition 18/19 August 2015. 11th July 2015 One Following earlier staff only trips to the Plymouth Fireworks competition it has been decided to open the service to the public...
1420 goes walk about ( and wins a prize ! ). 11th July 2015 One Former GWR 0-4-2T takes part in the Ashburton and Newton Abbot carnivals.
Devon & Cornwall Rail name 31 601 23th May 2015 One The Devon Diesel Society paint BR Class ‘31’ 31 601 in Devon & Cornwall Rail colours so it can be named after them
The SDRT Museum is holding a talk on by David Shepard on the evening of Thursday 28th May 2015.
Fish and Chip train Sunday 16th August
13th May 2015 One Notification of two future SDR Social events
A pictorial record of the recent “Day Out With Thomas” 08th May 2015 One Another successful “Day Out With Thomas” event...
The SDRT Museum is holding a talk on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway by David Tooke on the evening of Thursday 30th April 2015.
SDRE have some vacancies....
24th April 2015 One The monthly SDRT Museum meetings start and SDRE advertise for new fitters.
The SDR’s 2015 season starts in style Updated Saturday 21th February 2015 14th February 2015 One A pictorial report on the start of our 2015 season including the return to steam of GWR 0-6-0PT 6412
Buckfastleigh Station hosts local fund raiser 9th February 2015 One The South Devon Railway hosted a pump trolley fund raiser for a local appeal for Buckfastleigh pool.
6412 in steam and auto W225W nears completion 6th February 2015 One Progress on the vehicles for the Branchline week
Volunteer of the year 2014 General news covering the work behind the scenes for the forthcoming Branchline week 2nd February 2015 One General News and the “Volunteer of the Year 2014” is announced.
This month’s update covering the work behind the scenes for the forthcoming Branchline week 21st January 2015 One Activities in and around Buckfastleigh;
The South Devon Railway ran Boxing Day trains for the first time in over 50 years. Details =>
Log sales at Staverton
12st December 2014 One Report on a successful set of Boxing Day trains with roaring fires and notice of another bulk log sale at Staverton 27th December 2014.
Boxing Day trains. Details =>
Progress report on SDRE Workshop extension
12st December 2014 One The South Devon Railway is trialing Boxing Day Trains for the first time in over 50 years and South Devon Railway Engineering Workshop extension update
The South DevonRailway is very pleased to announce it has won several awards this year.
The SDR is sad to announce the death of Barry Porter
21st November 2014 One The SDR has won several awards and annouces the sad news about a former director and volunteer driver
The Railway is very pleased to announce it has won the Western Morning News Business Awards 2014 21st November 2014 One We won !!
Have your say over the Ashburton Station Development 11th November 2014 One Dartmoor National Park have produced their plan for the former Ashburton Station buildings.  What do you think should happen to them ?
The Railway has a good year so far for awards 27th October 2014 One The Railway has had a good year so far for awards it’s won or been a finalist in.
The Railway is a finalist in the Western Morning News Business Awards 2014 24th October 2014 One The SDR is a finalist in the Western Morning News and the winner will be announced on the 20th November 2014
The Railway wins Herald Express Awards 10nd October 2014 One The Railway wins two Herald Express awards; one silver and one bronze.
SDRA Patron, David St John Thomas, has died aged 84.
Funeral details added 16 September 2014
22nd August 2014 One Notice of the Death and funeral details for our Patron, David St John Thomas
2015 membership card photograph competition 26nd August 2014 One Now closed: Have your picture on next year’s membership card
Staverton Station Crossing gets a new signal 21th August 2014 One The SDR S&T Department replace signal 32 at Staverton.
Sponsored walk in aid of the SDRT Buckfastleigh Museum 18th August 2014 One The SDRT Museum group held a fund raising sponsored walk of the entire line.
SDRE takes a delivery and, on the hottest day so far, makes an important part; read more.. 20th July 2014 One SDRE gets a “new” wheel lathe and makes a backhead for “Dumbleton Hall”
SDRT Museum’s Great War Pageant a success
SDRE Builds some unusual planters...
2nd July 2014 One The SDRT Museum’s Great War Pageant is a success; SDR Engineering “up cycle” a pair of Bulleid smokebox doors into planters.
SDR Carries Two Millionth Passenger
SDR awarded 2014 Trip Advisor Excellence Award (see logo on home page).
SDRT Museum Support Group arranges pageant to mark the Great War
12th June 2014 One The SDR carries its two millionth passenger and is awarded the prestigious Trip Advisor Excellence Award.
The SDRT Museum joins the national “Museums at Night” 29th May 2014 One The SDRT Museum takes part in a national event...
Report on the SDRT Museum’s trip to Kelly Mine, Lustleigh 19th May 2014 One The SDRT Museum arranged a visit to the Kelly Mine and used the SDRT Routemaster ‘bus to get there.
A few pictures from today’s (3rd May 2014) event - a Day out with Thomas 03rd May 2014 One Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends in action

The new toilet block enters service
The arrival of Ivatt class 2 46521
20th April 2014 One Ivatt Class 2 46521 arrives by road; New toilet bock enters service for Easter.

The SDRT Museum take a novel approach to moving their archive
Ever wondered what is in the Lee Moor Tramway shed ?
18th April 2014 One SDRT Museum move their archives – literally; Lee Moor Tramway Museum shed to be open over Easter.

Toilet block update.
GWR coach 215 “Liza” leaves SDR (again)
Sentinel locomotive “Susan” arrives at SDRE
13th April 2014 One Latest update on the ne Buckfastleigh Toilet; GWR Coach 215 “Liza” is on the move again; Sentinel locomotive “Susan” arrives at SDRE.

New Railway Manager’s appointment announced.
Five First Great Western apprentices visit SDR
Totnes Times’ Richard Davies retires...
08th April 2014 One Notification of SDR Railway Manager appointment; The SDR hosts an information day for 5 First Great Western appentices; SDR marks Totnes Times reporter retirement.

Cream Tea waiters wanted
Central Devon MP, Mel Stride, visits the SDR
Museum Social events in April
‘River Dart Struggle’
06th April 2014 One On train Cream Tea staff wanted; Mel Stride MP visits SDR; SDRT Museum Social events; Notice of River Dart Struggle 2014
BR W1917 is outshopped at Buckfastleigh
Museum floor completed
Update on Buckfastleigh Toilet Block
30th March 2014 One Progress on BR(W) Buffet 1917; the museum floor and Buckfastleigh toilet block.
Theft from Buckfastleigh
27th March 2014
One Notice of the theft of the historic Weymouth Tramway bell from 1369
Buckfastleigh Toilet development Updated 02nd March 2014
We have a new fireman....
Bernard Wickham
02nd March 2014 One Latest progress on the Buckfastleigh Station Toilet block; Another SDR fireman joins the strength.
BR(W) Autocoach W228 repairs – Latest status.
Latest progress on GWR 0-6-0PT 6412
SDR & The Seaton Tramway team up
19th February 2014 One AutoCoach W228 gets new wheels and other repairs; 6412 progress and the SDR team up with the Seaton Tramway following their track washout
Buckfastleigh Toilet development Updated 11th February 2014
The Landslip has been cleared in time for the February Galas.
Press release from the SDR Business Development & PR Manager, Dick Wood:
11th February 2014 One Progress on the new station toilet block at Buckfastleiegh; the Christmas landslip repairs arecompleted on time.
The winner of the Patron’s cup 2014 is ..... 28th January 2014 One The winner of the Patron’s cup 2014 is .....
Buckfastleigh Station Museum gets a new floor 22th January 2014 One After years of service the Buckfastleigh Museum gets a new floor.
Buckfastleigh Toilet development Updated 15th January 2014
Update on Landslip clearance
09th January 2014 Two The Buckfastleigh Station toilet block is demolished; the station pagoda is repaired and the update on the landslip.
BR(W) Autocoach W228 repairs. 01th January 2014 One SDRE carry out repairs to the SDR’s BR(W) autocoach W228
Brian Thomas. 29th December 2013 One Brian Thomas
Behind the Scenes with Santa on the SDR 05th December 2013 One A look behind the scenes of our Santa Trains
Permanent Way Department holds a log sale
SDRT presents the British Legion with proceeds from “Driver for a Tenner”.
Work has started on a café for Staverton Station
04th December 2013 One The Permanent Way Department held a successful log sale
SDRT hands British Legion proceeds from “Driver for a tenner”
A new development at Staverton
SDRE Wheel press (wrapped for Christmas). 29th November 2013 Three In October 2011 SDR Engineering commissioned its wheel press and started on repair of a Mansel wheelset. In the following February the wheelset was re-assembled.
November 2013 saw the press get its own tent to ward of the winter weather.
Report of the latest Mutual Improvement Course 29th November 2013 One Periodically the South Devon Railway Association arranges for members to get together to pass on information to help each other improve their skills. This includes talks by senior staff and practical demonstrations.
Gill Comben dies 10th November 2013 10th November 2013 One It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Gill Comben.  Gill was a stalwart of the booking office and our Santa Trains.
Driver for a Tenner report 2013 10th November 2013 One Report on the successful 2013 “Driver for a Tenner” Poppy Appeal fund raiser 2013
Who keeps the SDRT Museum clean ? 08st November 2013 One Meet the cleaners who polish the glass etc. in the SDRT Museum.
Buffet 1917 gets a make over 07st November 2013 One BR standard MkI buffet 1917 loses the galley to make space for wheelchairs.
The annual SDRE BBQ & fireworks 05st November 2013 One The annual South Devon Railway Engineering bar-b-que and fireworks event was well attended and enjoyed by all present.
The SDRT Museum, Buckfastleigh, launches a new exhibition of Railway Tableware. 30st October 2013 One The South Devon Railway Trust Museum at Buckfastliegh has put together a display of railway tableware.
The SDR Refreshment Rooms gets a “Taste of the West” bronze award 2013 01st October 2013 One We are proud to announce that the SDR Refreshment Rooms have been awarded a Bronze Medal by “Taste of the West”.
RM1872 used to help BBC Radio Devon get to Totnes 28th September 2013 One As part of the BBC Radio Devon “Miles for Money” challenge RM1872 was used to replace the train between Ashburton and Buckfastleigh.
Buckfastleigh Station Museum’s visit to Dartmoor Prison and Tavistock 23rd September 2013 One Buckfastleigh Station Museum chartered the Railway’s Routemaster ’bus for a tour of Dartmoor taking in the prison and environs with the odd cream tea taken on route !
BR(W) 4-6-0 “Lydham Manor” returns to the SDR for September gala 13th September 2013 Two BR(W) 4-6-0 “Lydham Manor” returns to the Ashburton Branch for the first time in thiry years !

“Glendower” Wickham moved to Staverton ready for Heritage Transport Weekend
08th September 2013 One Allan Cash moved the “Glendower” Wickham trolley from Buckfastleigh to Statverton in readiness for the 2013 Heritage Transport Gala where it will be giving rides.

Work starts on providing C&W with heating
The telephone kiosk at Buckfastleigh gets a make over
06th September 2013 One Carriage and Wagon gets heating to impove the workshop fasilities and the telephone kiosk at Buckfastleigh gets a make over.

New facilities for Saunders House !
21th August 2013 One Having lost the use of the field earlier this year a new “War time garden” has been built next to Saunders House, complete with new facities.

Latest News for Members
SDRE Start on the next overhaul of 5526
1369 to return to the Chinnor & Princes risborough Railway
15th August 2013 One Details of the Members’ internal News Letter; SDRE start on 5526’s next overhaul and 1369 is to return to the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway until the end of January 2014
SDRT, SDRE, SDR Plc & SDRA ManCom inspect the line. 28th July 2013 One The annual line inspection by the SDRT, SDRE, SDR Plc boards and SDRA ManCom has taken place.  Herewith a report.
Former BR(W)W Autocoach W233 arrives at Buckfastleigh 25th July 2013 One Former Derby Research BR(W) Autocoach W233 arrives on the SDR after its purchase from The Midland Railway Centre by 5542 Group.
D8110 to leave the SDR for the mainline 21st July 2013 Two SDDT’s Class 20 Bo-Bo English Electric diesel locomotive works its last turns on the SDR before heading back to the mainline for a new life there.
South Devon Railway Engineering readies 3803 for the Battlefield Line 19th July 2013 Three South Devon Railway Engineering complete the works necesary to return 3803 to the Battlefield Line (and, due to the lack of tender, come up with a novel solution – read for more...).
South Devon Railway’s PWay gang at work in Buckfastleigh yard 19th July 2013 One The PWay and S&T gangs work together to replace life expired timbers in the Buckfastleigh Station loop to loop spur point – and it’s hot !
Driver Chris Woodland dies 14 June 2013 15th June 2013 One It is with great sdness that we announce the death of Chris Woodland, a long standing member of the footplate crew, during the evening of 14th June 2013.
Report from the 2013 SDRA AGM 2nd June 2013 One Report from 2013 SDRA AGM – Richard Elliot made President; Harry Baker and Kristian Lipscombe are presented wth the “Brian Cocks” memorial shield; and more...
Mike and Gill Comben awarded life membership for long servce 12th May 2013 One Mike and Gill Comben are retiring to Switzerland so the SDRA has made them honary life members in appreciation of their dedicated work for the Railway over the last 2 decades.
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends weekend report 08th May 2013 One Report on the recent Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends weekend
David Rouse remembered 04th May 2013 One Former railwayman and preservationist, David Rouse, is remembered by the SDR
Field at Buckfastleigh station ploughed. 01st May 2013 One The field adjacent to the former Station Master’s house has been ploughed ready to return to agrcultural use.
Ernest Elsworth-Wilson “retires” from the SDR. 26th April 2013 One Former SDR trainee Ernest Elsworth-Wilson “retires” from the SDR for a new job with First Great Western on the National Network.
Thomas the Tank Engine arrives in Devon for the Spring Bank Holiday 25th April 2013 One The famous Thomas the Tank Engine and some of his friends pay their annual visit to the South Devon Railway.
Bellerophon arrives from Foxfield for work by SDRE 24th April 2013 One 1874 Haydock Collieries 0-6-0 well tank “Bellerphon” arrives on the SDR for repairs by South Devon Railway Engineering.
Former GWR 0-4-2T 1450 leaves for Severn Valley Railway in a new livery 16th March 2013 One Former Ashburton Branch resident, GWR 0-4-2T, left the South Devon Railway following the Winter Gala and Beer Festival and a repaint into fully lined later British Railways green livery.
The cutting back gang better known as the “Harris Gang” with their new safety equipment 16th March 2013 Two The cutting back gang, better known as the “Harris Gang”, have recently taken delivery of new customised high visibilty vests which state clearly who they are.  Update: The Harris gang now have forestry helmets courtesy of our Patron.
Details of the SDR Crompton Explorer special 21st June 2013. 13th March 2013 One The Branchline Society is chartering our Crompton 33 002 “Seaking” on 21st June 2013 for their &ldquo'Crompton Explorer”.  Details of how to join this train are provided here.
A report on the SDR Winter Gala 2013 so far.. 17th February 2013 One A report from the first weekend of our 2013 Winter Gala and Ale festival including video of the Steam Railmotor 93.
SDR's tamper, DR73274, on hire to P&DSR 09th February 2013 (Updated) One The South Devon Railway’s Plasser & Theurer “07” Tamper is presently on hire to our neighbours, the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway.
DB Railtrim make their annual visit to the SDR 05th Ferbuary 2013 One DB Railtrim have made their annual visit to the Railway and are pictured at Bishop’s Bridge near Staverton
GWR Steam Rail Motor No93 arrives at Buckfastleigh 09th Ferbuary 2013 Two GWR Steam Rail Motor No93 arrives at Buckfastleigh for the Winter Gala and Ale Festival 16—24 February. (Includes short video).
Expressway Models SALE. 28st January 2013 One Expressway Models is holding a SALE from 1st February 2013.  Discounts up to 40% on selected items
Ron Reynolds presents the 2013 winner with the Patron’s Cup. 21st January 2013 One SDRA President Ron Reynolds presented the Patron’s Cup to the 2013 winner, Trevor Hodgson.
Details of the Paignton(Palace Avenue) Methodist Church ‘Carols down the Line’. 28th October 2012 One Tuesday 05th to Thursday 07th December 2012 is the annual ‘Carols down the line’ charity fund raising evening event organised by the Paignton (Palace Avenue) Methodist Church.
RM1872 to run excursion to Tradesman’s Arms beer festival Friday 14th & Saturday 15th September 2012. 14th September 2012 One Friday 14th and Saturday 15th Septemer 2012 saw the Railway’s Routemaster taking customers from Buckfastleigh Station along the narrowlanes to the Tradesman’s Arms Beer festival in Scorriton,
“Living History” event marks 50th anniversary of Plymouth Railway Circle’s brake van train. 08 September 2012 One Saturday 08th Septemer 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of Plymouth Railway Circle’s brake van train to the day.  This was celebrated with a re-run of the train and a rail replacement service to Ashburton.
DDS charter First Great Western 150/2 for “Rails & Ales” event. 26 August 2012 One Devon Diesel Society, as part of their “Rails & Ales” festival at Staverton, charter a First Great Western class 150/2 to bring visitors in by rail from Exeter St. David’s, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and Totnes
South Devon Railway Engineering now offer GWR carriage upper door skins for sale. 16 August 2012 One South Devon Railway Engineering have just added GWR carriage door upper skins to their collection of spares available to the heritage rail movement.
Living History - Closure of Ashburton Branch remebered 50 years on - 08th September 2012. 12 August 2012 One On 08th September 1962 the Ashburton Branch was finally closed.  This event is to remebered fifty years on with a special event including ‘bus service between Ashburton and Buckfastleigh.
The new “ Colin Sully Training and Medical Centre” to open 28th July 2012. 27 July 2012 Two A new first aid centre built jointly by the SDR and Devon EMS was opened on 28th July 2012 and was named in memory of volunteer Colin Sully.
GWR 0-6-0PT 6430 arrives for summer season. 04 July 2012 One Former GWR 0-6-0PT 6430 makes a welcome return visit to the SDR for the summer season.
Olympic torch “visits” the SDR 02 July 2012 One One of the Olympic torches has visited the SDR.
“SDR Past & Present” book launch 30 May 2012 One To mark the 140th anniversary of the SDR has been marked with a book marking the “SDR Past & Present” written by our museum curator, John Brodribb.
Bristol Harbour No 34 Bristol Harbour 0-6-0T enters SDRE boiler shop via turntable. 03 April 2012 One Bristol Harbour 0-6-0T No 34 enters SDRE boiler shop via turntable to make way for the lorry delivering 5542’s refurbished tanks and bunker.
BR 4MT 2-6-4T 80072 arrives for Easter
BR 4MT 80072 goes for a test run & standard 2 78019 arrives.
03 April 2012 Two BR 4MT 2-6-4T 80072 has arrived on the South Devon Railway in the late afternoon of 27th March 2012 ready for the forthcoming Easter Gala.  80072 will be joined soon by a fellow standard class locomotive, a class 2 numbered 78019.
1369 turned at Buckfastleigh . 20 March 2012 One 1369 is the first SDR locomotive to be turned on a turntable at Buckfastleigh using the small turntable installed as part of South Devon Railway Engineering’s boiler works.
GWR 0-6-0PT 6430 to revisit SDR 03 April 2012 One Former GWR 0-6-0PT 6430 is to revisit the SDR from the Llangollen Railway for the summer months of July and August
Bristol Harbour No 34 Bristol Harbour 0-6-0T enters SDRE boiler shop via turntable. 03 April 2012 One Bristol Harbour 0-6-0T No 34 enters SDRE boiler shop via turntable to make way for the lorry delivering 5542’s refurbished tanks and bunker.
BR 4MT 2-6-4T 80072 arrives for Easter
BR 4MT 80072 goes for a test run & standard 2 78019 arrives.
03 April 2012 Two BR 4MT 2-6-4T 80072 has arrived on the South Devon Railway in the late afternoon of 27th March 2012 ready for the forthcoming Easter Gala.  80072 will be joined soon by a fellow standard class locomotive, a class 2 numbered 78019.
1369 turned at Buckfastleigh . 20 March 2012 One 1369 is the first SDR locomotive to be turned on a turntable at Buckfastleigh using the small turntable installed as part of South Devon Railway Engineering’s boiler works.
5542’ boiler passes its hydraulic and steam tests . 17 March 2012 One 5542 Ltd have contracted South Devon Railway Engineering to service and retube their boiler after 10 years service.  The rebuilt boiler passed its hydraulic and steam tests so there was a traditionl curry...
5526 stopped with boiler cracks . 14 March 2012 One During a routine washout a visible crack was found so the engine has been withdrawn from service.
A picture of 1369 on a birthday special charter . 03 March 2012 One A John Leonard picture of 1369 on a 90th birthday special near Woodville 26 February 2012.
February 2012 News Roundup. 01 March 2012 One A roundup of news from Devon including some future attractions.
South Port Leat Bridge repair . 14 February 2012 Two The essential repairs to South Port Leat Bridge have been completed on time AND within budget so the line will re-open to Totnes for the half term.
2011; another record year for the SDR . 01 January 2012 One The South Devon Railway exceeded last year’s record 112,000 passengers in 2011.
SDRE Update - 34007 “Wadebridge” new tender wheels. 30th December 2011 One SDRE builds 34007 “Wadebridge” new set of tender wheels.
A couple of pictures of “Santa by Steam” trains 12th December 2011 Two A couple of pictures of Santa by Steam trains
Paignton (Palace Avenue) Methodist Church ran their 16th “Carols down the Line”  10th December 2011 Two Paignton (Palace Avenue) Methodist Church ran their 16th “Carols down the Line” fund raiser for ‘Action for Children’ and a ‘WorldVision’ Project.
SDRE Update - 73082 “Camelot” driving wheels. 03th December 2011 One South Devon Railway Engineering have completed the servicing of the main drivers from BR Standard 73082 “Camelot”.
Model Railways Skills Day 2 Thursday 8th December 2011. 03rd December 2011 One Following the success of the Model Railways Skills Day on Saturday 12th November we are running a second one on Model Railway Landscapes from 19.00hrs on 08th December 2011.
Driver for a Tenner Saturday 12th November 2011. 14th November 2011 One Over 40 people attended our annual “Driver for a Tenner” fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.
SDRA clear the track & wrap 3,800 presents 12th November 2011 One Members of the Association have cleared the vegitation from the track adjacent to Nursery Pool Bridge for a fencing contractor and wrapped 3,800 presents for Santa.
Model Railways Skills Day Saturday 12th November 2011. 21th October 2011 One The Association are to hold a Model Railways Skills Day Saturday 12th November 2011 and, on the same day, is “Driver for a Tenner”.
A couple of pictures of 33 002 “Sea King” on afootplate experience train 13th October 2011 One A couple of pictures of 33 002 “Sea King” on afootplate experience train
SDRE Update - new GWR smokebox rings available, 6412 back on its wheels, 5542 overhaul started & “Patriot’s” wheelpans arrive. 21th October 2011 Two South Devon Railway Engineering add GWR Smokebox door rings to their growing inventory of products, the wheelpans for the new build “Patriot” 45551 “Unknown Warrior” arrive and 6412 is back on it’s wheels.
“Wednesday gang” tidy “Royal Mile” 13th October 2011 One The South Devon Railway Association’s “Wednesday gang” has spent 183 man days tidying up the “Royal Mile” near Totnes Littlehempston.
The Comic Strip’s “Hunt for Tony Blair” 09th October 2011 One The Comic Strip’s latest zany production “The Hunt for Tony Blair” (some scenes of which were shot on the SDR by Director Peter Richardson), will have its network premiere on either Channel 4 or Film Four on Friday 14th October 2011.
The BBC”s programme FlogIt! visits the SDR. 01st October 2011 One In May 2011 the BBC filmed its FlogIt! program in Exmouth however the local interest slot was filmed on the SDR when the presenter Paul Martin visited Buckfastleigh.
First Great Western visits the SDR “Rails & Ales” 28th August 2011 Three First Great Western, in association with the SDR, ran a 150 1xx unit from Exeter St. David’s to Staverton and return on Saturday 27th August 2011.
SDR Buys a Plasser & Theurer 07 Tamper  9th August 2011 One The SDR has bought a Plasser & Theurer 07 Tamper to help maintain the line.
Outshops “09” and Wickham  8th August 2011 One The SDR has outshopped “09” 09 010 D3721 in early BR livery. Worcester Locomotive Society also oustshop their Wickham Trolley DS3321.
Plymouth Sunflowers are bring a party of Chernobyl children to the SDR 28th July 2011 One The Plymouth Sunflowers charity are bringing a party of children from Chernobyl to the SDR for what should be a memorable day out.
A first for the SDR - a play at Totnes. 20th July 2011 One The Idle Theme Theatre Company presents their version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Totnes Littlehempston.
Notice of Brian Cocks' death. 11th July 2011 Two The sad notice that long standing member and former SDRA Chairman lost his battle with leukemia 03 June 2011. Update: Funeral details
An unusual appeal from Northern Ireland. 11th July 2011 One The Belfast & County Down Railway Trust are appealing for help...
SDR marks Rev. Awdry’s 100 14th June 2011 One The SDR marks the Rev Awdry’s 100th anniversary
SDR long standing member Peter Dunning made MBE 12th June 2011 One Long standing member Peter Dunning made member of British Empire in Queen’s birthday honours
SDRA Secretary awarded MVO 12th June 2011 One Association secretary John Keohane BEM is made a member of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2011 Queen’s birthday honours.
SDRE launch Boiler Shop 10th June 2011 One Following the purchase of RK Pridham last year SDRE launches new facility.
The SDR Marks the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 29th April 2011 One The SDR marked the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 29 April 2011.
Totnes Group completes installation of K6 telephone kiosk. 18th April 2011 One The Totnes Group completes the restoration and installation of their K6 telephone kiosk.
D7541 "The Diana" arrives 15 April 2011 One SDDT takes delivery of D7541 "The Diana" to replace of 20 118.
GWR 4-4-0 9017 visits SDR 02 April 2011 Two Ex GWR 9017 "Earl of Berkeley" visits SDR from the Bluebell Railway inc. photo charter.
SDR runs fund raiser for GWSR. 17 March 2011 One The SDR to run a one day fund raiser to help the GWSR with its land slips.
DB Railtrim annual visit to the SDR. 05 March 2011 One DB Railtrim made their annual visit to the SDR to give the branch its usual "short back and sides".
Former LNER N7 69621 is repaired by SDR Engineering. 04 March 2011 One East Anglia Railway Museum's former LNER N7 69621 receives a pair of new driving axle boxes fitted by SDR Engineering & then passes steam test.
GWR 2-6-2T 5526 clocks up 1 million miles. 03 March 2011 One Former GWR 2-6-2T "Prairie" 5526 has clocked up 1 million miles since construction in 1928.
2011 has started off well. 21 February 2011 One The 2011 season has started with our Half Term auto trains being well attended.
Membership renewal 2010/2011. 01 February 2011 One Delays in SDRA membership renewal explained.
2010 a record year for the SDR . 01 January 2011 One The South Devon Railway carried a record 112,000 passengers in 2010.
SDR Engineering fits 9466's side tanks . 21 December 2010 One South Devon Railway Engineering has started fitting the new tanks to mainline registered GWR 0-6-0PT 9466.
Paignton (Palace Avenue) Methodist Church Carols Down the Line. 14 December 2010 One Paignton (Palace Avenue) Methodist Church have visited the line with their annual "Carols Down the Line" event.
SDR Engineering put the John Shaw press to work. 06 December 2010 One SDR Engineering have started to use the John Shaw vicing press recently purchased as part of RK Pridham.
SDR Engineering start on new boliershop. 14 October 2010 Four SDR Engineering have started building the new boilershop now RK Pridham are part of the group. Progress 28th, 31st Oct & 02nd Nov..
SDR Engineering remove BR Standard 5 wheel from axle. 24 October 2010 One SDR Engineering remove BR Standard 5 wheel from axle so the bearings can be replaced.
SDR Engineering start on 6412 bolier. 02 October 2010 One SDR Engineering have started on the rebuilding of 6412's boiler now RK Pridham are part of the group.
SDR takes delivery of 09 010. 01 October 2010 One SDR takes delivery of a "new" "Gronk" 09 0-6-0 diesel electric shunter.
GWR 0-6-0PT 9466 arrives under its own steam direct from Laira by rail. 28 September 2010 One GWR 0-6-0PT 9466 arrives under its own steam from Laira by rail for a new pair of water tanks.
The SDR buys R.K. Pridham Engineering. 31 August 2010 One The South Devon Railway has bought R.K.Pridham Engineering of Tavistock.
The Heritage Transport Club drops by. 18 July 2010 One The Heritage Transport Club stops by at Buckfastleigh..
Photographs of the recent 1940's. 12 July 2010 One A pictorial record of the recent 1940's weekend.
RAW on 3205 News update by the GM. 19 June 2010 One A news update direct from the GM, Dick Wood.
Pilning_Box The S&T Dept. work on Pilning 'Box. 13 June 2010 One The SDR S&T Department have started to erect the former Pilning 'Box on its new foundation at Totnes Littlehempston.
3205 3205 returns to service & 3803 leaves. 01 June 2010 One 3205 returns to service after a 4 year overhaul and 3803 goes to the Gloucester Warwickshire Rly for their GWR175 celebrations.
Liebherr SDR Roadrailer is ready for work. 10 May 2010 One The Railway's Roadrailer is now ready for work.
Carnarvon "Carnarvon" moves to Totnes.. 19 April 2010 One Worcester Locomotive Group's "Carnarvon" moves to Totnes..
Notice of Lew Hexter's death.. 13 April 2010 One It is with regret we announce the death of a former guard Lew Hexter.
Norman Stone Notice of Norman Stone's death.. 8 April 2010 One It is with regret we announce the death of a former chairman and president, Norman Stone..
W55000 "Autos to Railcars" a success plus comings & goings.. 21 February 2010 One Our "Autos to Railcars" half term event was a success; Bradley Manor returns to SVR & more..
2009 was a record year for the South Devon Railway. 05 January 2010 One 2009 was not only our 40th year but we carried a record 107,985 passengers.
Report of "Carols down the Line". 18 December 2009 One The Paignton (Palace Avenue) raised £4,186.07 for charity.
2010 Timetable released. 12 December 2009 One 2010 Timetable released (including downloadable version).
SDRA achieves 100 mile pump trolley target. 25 November 2009 One The SDRA achieved its target of 100 miles on a GWR pump trolley and raised £1250 for the BBC Children in Need Charity.
SDR gets a Roadrailer for pway work. 28 October 2009 One In order to assist with the extensive permanent way works this winter the railway has taken delivery of a road-rail digger.
South Devon Railway Association stages 100 mile pump trolley dash for "Pudsey". 28 October 2009 One The South Devon Railway Association has a 100 mile pump trolley dash planned for the BBC "Children in Need" charity..
South Devon Railway Engineering can now supply "Railway" sand. 18 October 2009 One In the run up to the leaf fall season the SDR are pleased to announce the abilty to supply Locomotive sand for both Steam and Diesel locomotives.
"Picnic" Coach 9346 available for hire. 27 September 2009 One "Picnic" Coach 9346 available for hire as a venue for meetings etc.
Initial results for 2009 look satisfactory. 22 September 2009 One Preliminary traffic results for our 40th are looking good.
Photographs from the GWR "Heavy Haul" event. 12 September 2009 One Photographs from the special "GWR Heavy Freight" pre-gala event with 4247 and 3803 on the Friday.
Details of 2009 Transport Gala Weekend. 10 September 2009 One Details of 2009 Transport Gala Weekend including working timetables and special "GWR Heavy Freight" pre-gala event with 4247 and 3803 on the Friday.
Photographic report on 2009 "Rails and Ales" weekend. 10 September 2009 One Photographic report courtesy of Classic Traction on 2009 "Rails and Ales" weekend.
Details of "Rails and Ales" weekend. 10 September 2009 One Details of 2009 "Rails and Ales" weekend including working Timetables.
Latest traffic report and Heritage Transport Gala News Flash. 05 August 2009 One Report on the 2009 traffic figures so far & Heritage Transport Gala News Flash.
The Totnes Rare Breeds Centre is going to stage a Halloween event. 30 July 2009 One The Totnes Rare Breeds Centre are staging a Familly entertainment evening to mark Halloween on 31st October 2009.
"New" Rails arrive at Buckfastleigh. 21 July 2009 One "New" rails and sleepers arrive at Buckfastleigh for a forth coming track relay. A double slip has also been purchased for the yard.
GWR Picnic Coach 9346 is returned to service for the refreshment rooms. 20 July 2009 One Former GWR Picnic Coach 9346 is restored for use as the overflow accommodation for the South Devon Railway's Refreshment Rooms.
The small turntable acquired in 2001 is being restored for A Shop. 10 July 2009 One A small turntable rescued from the former Austin Morris plant is restored for future use as part of A shop's boiler repair facility.
South Devon Diesel Traction's "33" returns to traffic and news on GWR 2251 class 0-6-0 3205. 16 June 2009 One The South Devon Railway's resident "33" 33002 "Seaking" is the star turn for the Eastleigh 100 open day.
Life's full of coincidences - long standing volunteer Lance Hale passes as a driver.... 11 June 2009 One Lance Hale, a volunteer worker on the Ashburton Branch for over 40 years, qualified as a driver on Sunday 5 April 2009, exactly 40 years since the line re-opened in 1969!.
The South Devon Railway's 40th Anniversary Celebrations are a success. 15 Apr 2009 One The South Devon Railway's 40th Anniversary Celebrations are a success and Buckfastleigh shed was the busiest ever.
The South Devon Railway prepares for its 40th Anniversary Celebrations. 06 Apr 2009 One The South Devon Railway prepares for its 40th Anniversary Celebrations and two SDR volunteers get married.
Long standing General Manager Richard Elliott retires. 01 Apr 2009 One Long standing General Manager Richard Elliott retired at the end of business on 31st March 2009.
Report on the SDRA Annual Dinner 2009. 23 Mar 2009 One Report on the SDRA Annual Dinner 2009 and the presentation of the President's Cup.
Book signing on 11th April 2009 for Red Panniers. 17 Mar 2009 One The Worcester Locomotive Society have arranged a book signing on 11th April 2009 for Red Panniers; a book about LT GWR Panniers.
We are offering the unique opportunity to experience driving an auto train. 14 Mar 2009 One The SDR are offering the unique opportunity to experience driving a GWR/BR(W) auto train.
The answer to "That Chequer Board" at the bottom of our pages. 25 Feb 2009 One QR Codes are added to our pages likely to be printed to help our customers.
The SDR to celebrate 40 years in preservation 22 Feb 2009 One The SDR is to celebrate 40 years in railway preservation
SDR battles through snow to prepare for new season 04 Feb 2009 One The SDR's Pway gang completes 1000 sleeper relay despite the snow
SDR launches new website 28 Jan 2009 One The SDR launches new web site to promote the railway further
More ex GWR locos arrive on the SDR! 09 Jan 2009 One The SDR's works took delivery of two GWR 55xx Prairies for repair and 6412 arrives
SDR PWay Gang start 1000 sleeper relay 07 Jan 2009 One The SDR's PWay gang start relay of track from Buckfastleigh to Nursery Pool Bridge
Swanage send 4MT 80104 for repair 14 Dmr 2008 New Swanage Railway send another 4MT to SDR for repairs
SDR Names new General Manager 01 Nov 2008 New The SDR Board names its new General Manager
The Worcester Locomotive Society holds a "Have a Go" day 21 Oct 2008 One The WLS hold a "Have a Go" day for its members
WSRA membership agree to sell ex GWR 0-6-0PT 6412 to the SDR 15 Oct 2008 One The SDR's offer for 6412 has been accepted
The SDR raises the roof on the "Works" 02 Oct 2008 One Latest News and pictures of the rebuild.
Developments on the SDR Miniature Railway 29 Sep 2008 One SDR Miniature Railway developments
SDR rebuilds BR Mk1 SO 4802 as an RMB with wheelchair provision. 25 Sep 2008 One BR Mk1 SO 4802 converted to an RMB with wheelchair provision.
Report on a successful August Gala and the BBC Outside Broadcast from Buckfastleigh 28 Aug 2008 One BBC Radio Devon came to our 1950's & 1960's August Gala
August 2008 News Update 08 Aug 2008 One New disabled coach progress, 33002 news
Ex GWR 2-8-0 Locomotive 3803 for sale 15 Jly 2008 One SDR decides to sell GWR 2-8-0 for "more suitable" locomotive(s)
Ashburton Junction Signal Box progress 10 Jun 2008 One Work continues on Ashburton Junction signal box
Buckfastleigh Developments - North Crossing rebuild 24 May 2008 One North Crossing is rebuilt with concrete sleepers and SDR Tamper in action
"Thomas" the Tank Engine did visit Buckfastleigh in 2008 12 May 2008 One Thomas the Tank Engine did visit the South Devon Railway in 2008
Hedgehogs arrive early at Rare Breeds Farm 09 May 2008 One Rescued Hedgehog gives birth overnight
Pete Waterman unveiled "Heritage Railway of the Year 2007 Award" on 09th April  2008 11 Apr 2008 Two Pete Waterman unveils the "Heritage Railway of the Year Award"
Nick Perring receives Patron's cup at SDR 2008 Annual Dinner
Book your Fish 'n' Chip Supper now (train leaves 19.30 April 5th 2008)
28 Jnr 2008 One Nick Perring is this year's winner of the Patron's Cup
Fish 'n' Chip special to raise funds for Buckfastleigh Station
Swanage's 4MT 80078 visits SDR "Works" 15 Jnr 2008 One 80078 visits SDR for wheel work
Passenger 100,000 carried on 31 December 2007 31 Dmr 2007 Two We have carried 100,000 passengers in a year for the first time
Diesel Railcar 55000 moves under "own steam" 20 Dmr 2007 One Diesel railcar 55000 goes to Staverton and back on its own
SDR wins "Heritage Railway of the Year 2007" award 05 Dmr 2007 Two SDR wins National award
Our S&T Team repairing signals at Buckfastleigh 09 Oct 2007 New Repairs to wooden signal at Buckfastleigh
SDR venue for launch of "Mountain Express" book 04 Sep 2007 New Local Author John Fisher launches book
SDR part of new "Great Western Steam Railways" joint marketing organisation 03 Sep 2007 New SDR, WSR, Bodmin & Dartmoor Railways team up
Class'33' 33202 makes an unexpected visit to SDR 28 Aug 2007 New 33202 receives a repaint into BR Rail Blue while on the SDR
1950's & '60's weekend with Beer Festival
Railway wheel construction
17 Aug 2007 New August Bank Holiday Gala + "How it Works" series update
June Update on whats happening on the SDR 19 June 2007 One Diesel Gala Report - C107 Copper arrives & Devonshire Pullman
May Bank Holiday Branch Line Gala Report 28 May 2007 One Full Report including pictures
D7612 discovers some leaves on the 12 Apr 2007 One Train services slightly delayed on 12 May 2007
Easter 2007 Report 12 Apr 2007 One SDR has bumper Easter (& the beer ran out!)
Locomotive 1369 Overhaul Completed in 16 Months 04 Apr 2007 One Story and pictures
Black 5 Visit to SDR & 1369 Overhaul Pictures 29 Mar 2007 One Past Time Rail Tour visit's + 1369
GNER Award to Totnes (Littehempston) Unveiled 11 Mar 2007 One Details & Pictures of Ceremony
Permanent Way Project at Totnes completed 24 Feb 2007 One New point installed for Run Round Loop
SDRA Patrons Cup Award 13 Feb 2007 One SDR Volunteer of the Year 2006
Locomotive 1369 Overhaul in overdrive 21 Jan 2007 One Loco's return to traffic not far away
Staverton Dock Siding Reconnected 19 Jan 2007 One First train into the reconnected siding
5526 has busy start to the winter 10 Dec 2006 One 5526 on works train, charter & with autos
Totnes Littehempston wins another award 13 Dec 2006 Two Totnes wins GNER Volunteer's award
Staverton Crossing replaced to help gala workings 30 Nov 2006 One Staverton Road Crossing relaid
Totnes Water Tank Takes Shape (Update) 20 Mar 2007 Five Totnes water crane to become live
Bernard Wickham launches  Bernard Wickham 'The Addick' 14 Nov 2006 One The Restoration story in full with pictures
Blue Pullman Train visits SDR 02 Nov 2006 One HRT "Blue Pullman" Special  from Paddington
Ashburton Junction Ground Frame 28 Oct 2006 One Network Rail connection restored to Ground Frame
Heritage Transport Gala 16th & 17th September 20 Sept 2006 One Report & Pictures
Loco 3803 Returns to work 13 Sept 2006 One Loco back in service after Axle repair
SDR Country Fair 2006 21 Aug 2006 One The South Devon Railway's Annual Traditional Country Fair
Loco 4160 hauls its first trains after overhaul 08 Aug 2006 One Story and pictures of the contract overhaul
20118 represents SDR in South East 06 Aug 2006 One SDDT's 20118 stars at Spa Valley August Gala 2006
Bishops Bridge Signalbox repairs 26 July 2006 One The wooden superstructure receives new cladding and a repaint
3803 is withdrawn from service 25 July 2006 One Rear Driver Axle removed for repair
Loco 76079 visits with Special Charter 6 June 2006 One Pastime Rail evening charter travels along SDR
Loco 6430 Arrives for May Bank Holiday Gala 24 May 2006 One Gala Locos start to arrive on the SDR 
Loco 3803 Progress ReportUPDATE1UPDATE2 17 May 2006 Three Loco 3803 Progress / Update Returns to Steam
Easter Steam Extravaganza Gala Pictures 17 Apr 2006 One 2 x GWR Prairie 5526 + 5542 in service on SDR 
Loco 5542 enters service on SDR 25 Mar 2006 One GWR Prairies working together on Half Price Weekend
Loco 3205 to return to BuckfastleighUpdate 30 Mar 2006 Two 3205 returns to SDR for 10year overhaul
New SDRT Management Appointments 15 Mar 2006 One Two new staff members join the SDRT Team
Covered Goods Wagon 95979 complete 13 Mar 2006 One Physical rebuild of 95979 finished
Loco 3803 & Saloon 9346 Updates 25th Feb 2006 One Further progress reports with pictures
PWay Replacement Progress report 18th Jan 2006 One Ongoing work at Staverton and Woodville
Buckfastleigh Station roof repairs 14th Jan 2006 One The goods and stock shed roofs see much needed attention
GWR 2-8-0 3803 Progress 12th Jan 2006 One Boiler Cladding and vacuum pump fitted
SDR records record figures for 2005 8th Jan 2006 One All the details of what has gone on in 2005
SDR Loco & Passenger figures for 2005 31 Dec 2005 One Another Record breaking year for SDR
 Happy Christmas to you all from the SDR 23 Dec 2005 One Santa Results for 2005 with Pictures
'Peckett Lady Angela' travels afar for Christmas 23 Dec 2005 One Lady A helps out at Swindon
"What a day" on the SDR (22nd December 2005) 23 Dec 2005 One All the latest News& Pictures on what happened.
Special Saloon 9005 arrives on SDR 23 Nov 2005 One Latest arrival will compliment the SDR Dining Train
Loco 1369 Fastrack Overhaul begins 23 Nov 2005 One Loco required to return to work ASAP
Loco 4160 Further Progress with pictures 12 Nov 2005 One Boiler and Side tanks being fitted
Gronk Aid II suffers flooding 7 Nov 2005 One RM1872 to rescue
Ex Hull Turntable arrives safely at Buckfastleigh 26 Sept 2005 One Report and pictures of its arrival
Totnes(Littlehempston) Platform Project Completed 4 Sept 2005 One The last of 8000 paving bricks has been laid
Mainline Turntable for Buckfastleigh 27 Aug 2005 One SDR purchases Mainline Turntable from Hull
SDR Supplies Copper Sheet for firebxes 15 July 2005 One SDR supplies Copper sheet for Lydham Manor firebox
Locomotive 4160 Works Progress 15 July 2005 One 4160 receives new Hopper Ashpan
SDR 2005 Diesel Gala report 14 June 2005 One Deltic 55019 Class 20 20095, 20906 are Gala visitors 
"Thomas" event. Best ever results 14 May 2005 One Report and pictures tell their own story
Collett Brake Third "Sunshine" Coach 1645  5 April 2005 One Restoration work started (Report & Pictures)
7822 "Foxcote Manor visit to SDR 3 April 2005 One Latest pictures of the loco's visit 
2004 SDR Group and Plc Accounts Published 28 Mar 2005 One SDR Group & Plc 2004 Accounts available for download
7822 "Foxcote Manor arrives for Easter Gala 23 Mar 2005 One Foxcote Manor to star in Easter Gala with SDR Tender
New Bridge at 4m 7c  22 Feb 2005 One Latest pictures of the Bridge replacement.
Class 33 33002 (D6515) arrives on SDR 26 Jan 2005 One "Seaking" Purchased by South Devon Diesel Traction
January News Update 2 18 Jan 2005 One Latest Bridge Replacement, Wagon Departure, SDRA News
Class 50 002 Moves up to Buckfastleigh 4 Jan 2005 One SDR January 2005 News Updates
Two Ferry Wagons arrive for use on SDR 18 Dec 2004 One SDR Purchases two ex Ferry Wagons from Crewe. 
Routemaster 'Bus Arrives in Devon 07 Dec 2004 One SDR Purchases Routemaster 'Bus for Heritage 'Bus Service
Winter Works Programme 2004 18 Nov 2004 One More track being laid and signalling updated
SDR May News Update 10 May 2004 One Driver retires & Ocean Saloon into service
"Duchess of York" Arrives 28 April 2004 One Second Super Saloon for SDR
"Bulliver" receives HRA Award 1 Feb 2004 One Most Improved Members Magazine
Nursery Pool Bridge  3 Jan 2004 One Rebuilding project (Archive)
Prairie 5526 Returns to Steam 10 Dec 2003 One Another Working Loco for the SDR
Winter Working on the SDR 18 Nov 2003 One Freight working, 1962 Remembered
SDR Branch Line Weekend 25 Oct 2003 One First Pictures from the Weekend

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