Hello fellow train enthusiasts and adventure seekers! It’s Amanda here, and I am thrilled to share our recent experience on the Heritage Train from Totnes to Buckfastleigh with South Devon Railway. If you’re looking for a unique day out with your partner, family, or even just by yourself, this is a perfect choice, especially if you’re as passionate about classic steam trains as my husband Sam is.
As we arrived at the Totnes Riverside Station, we were immediately transported back in time. The beautifully preserved station, with its charming Victorian architecture, sets the stage for the exciting adventure ahead. With Sam’s enthusiasm for steam trains, I knew this was going to be a day to remember.
As we waited for the train to arrive, we had a chance to explore the station and admire the vintage railway paraphernalia on display. There were old luggage carts, signal lamps, and even a small museum that showcased the rich history of the South Devon Railway.
The excitement in the air was palpable as we heard the unmistakable sound of the steam train approaching. As the engine came into view, a stunning sight unfolded before us – the beautifully restored steam train, in all its gleaming glory, came to a stop at the platform. Sam, who loves documenting our travels, eagerly took photos of the train, capturing its majestic presence.
We climbed aboard and were greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff dressed in period attire. They directed us to our comfortable seats in one of the beautifully restored carriages. The attention to detail inside was just as impressive as the exterior, with polished woodwork, plush upholstery, and authentic fixtures. It was like stepping back in time!
As the train chugged along the picturesque route between Totnes and Buckfastleigh, we were treated to stunning views of the Devon countryside, with rolling hills, lush green fields, and the glistening waters of the River Dart. We could see families enjoying the ride, with children’s faces pressed against the windows, marveling at the scenery.
At the halfway point, we made a stop at the picturesque Staverton Station. This small, quaint station provided the perfect backdrop for Sam to snap some more photos of our journey. It also gave us a chance to stretch our legs and enjoy the scenery up close.
As we continued towards Buckfastleigh, we passed through wooded areas, tunnels, and even a couple of picturesque bridges. The rhythmic sound of the steam train’s wheels and the occasional whistle added to the unique atmosphere of the journey.
Upon arrival at Buckfastleigh, we were given the opportunity to explore the station, visit the workshops where the locomotives are maintained, and even enjoy a bite to eat at the charming station café. We also took a leisurely walk to the nearby Buckfast Abbey, a must-see for history enthusiasts.
All in all, our vintage steam train adventure from Totnes to Buckfastleigh with South Devon Railway was a day we’ll never forget. It was the perfect combination of history, romance, and adventure, and we can’t recommend it enough for couples and families alike. So, if you’re looking for a unique experience that will leave you with cherished memories, be sure to hop aboard the Heritage Train with South Devon Railway!