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South Devon Railway Trust
South Devon Railway Trust
South Devon Railway SOS Appeal

South Devon Railway SOS Appeal

Why we need your help

SDR SOS Appeal - Why we need your help

The South Devon Railway (SDR) has had to suspend services and close its shop and refreshment rooms during the current Coronavirus pandemic in line with government advice. It is unlikely that we will be able to open again until at least halfway through our usual operating season, meaning a potential loss of £500,000 of revenue for the steam railway attraction. This couldn't have come at a worse time for the charity, with services stopping only a few days after they began following the winter closed period, during which the SDR heavily invested in its infrastructure. We urgently need your help to allow us to keep steaming into the future. Please watch our appeal video below and donate as generously as you can - we realise these are difficult times for everyone but without your help we may not have a railway for people of all ages to enjoy again.

6412 auto train by River Dart

Closed - but bills still to be paid!

Despite having services suspended, there is still vital work that needs to be done (and bills to pay!) to protect the railway and allow us to keep providing pleasure and educational opportunities for many future generations to come. A steam railway can't just be shut down - we still need to maintain our track, structures and buildings and continue to care for our locomotives and carriages. Over the winter closed season we heavily invested in replacing worn out track and fully restoring vintage carriages, and were reliant upon the income generated by running trains and special events to build up our depleted cash reserves. We also suffered damage to two of our bridges, including the iconic Nursery Pool Bridge which takes the railway over the River Dart near Buckfastleigh. This bridge suffered damage during the storms in February this year and needs urgent repair work to protect it from deteriorating further. This will be costly so we urgently need your help to allow this work to take place.

Train crossing Nursery Pool Bridge

Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to read this page, and we hope we can rely upon your generous support - big or small, every single donation will help us to preserve this lovely GWR branch line for many years to come.

5526 with milk tank and GWR train

Update 02/07/2020

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far - your help is greatly appreciated and every penny really does count towards protecting the future of the SDR. We have now combined our fundraising targets into this campaign and updated the total to reflect all donations recieved via various sources, and will keep this campaign updated with the overall total.


raised towards 500,000.00 target


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May 17, 2021

Naomi Osborne

Good luck with the beard shaving tomorrow!

(plus 12.50 giftaid)

May 17, 2021

Peter and Carole

(plus 1.25 giftaid)

May 05, 2021


(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Apr 13, 2021


(plus 7.50 giftaid)

Mar 28, 2021


(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Mar 23, 2021

David Nash

(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Mar 22, 2021


Mar 22, 2021

Brian Finch

Keep up the good work

(plus 1.25 giftaid)

Mar 16, 2021

Helen and Phil Wild

(plus 37.50 giftaid)

Mar 03, 2021

Terry Buck 9881

(plus 42.50 giftaid)


Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 299,848.44

Direct donations


Raised offline 260,096.00

Fundraising pages


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