Visitors to the South Devon Railway this Platinum Jubilee bank holiday will be able to experience a whole host of entertainment as well as a memorable train ride along the stunning river Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes in the heart of glorious Devon.

Steam and diesel services run every day of the four-day weekend and into the evenings too, and include the opportunity to take a ride in the oldest Great Western Railway operational bogie coach in existence, saloon no. 9044, which is understood to have carried passengers who include King Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, and opera singer Madame Patti.

From 11.00 each day starting on Thursday 2nd June, there will be a beer festival at Staverton station with 40 real ales, ciders, craft beer, wine, Pimms and Prosecco and plenty of entertainment there on each day, including a barbecue starting at midday and cream teas too.

On Thursday at Staverton at 9.45 in the evening, the railway will be participating in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon lighting; on Friday evening from 5pm, there will music from a DJ playing all the number one hits from the 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign.

Saturday evening from 7pm sees a Right Royal Quiz to which teams and individuals are all invited.

South Devon Railway general manager, Ernest Elsworth-Wilson, said: “We’re so looking forward to the Jubilee Weekend and we hope that our visitors have a wonderful time, celebrating this momentous achievement by Her Majesty. We’re running trains all day long, with the events focused on Staverton station. There’s no parking there, but we’re running trains from Buckfastleigh and Totnes into the evening to take passengers to and from the station. We think it’ll be a weekend to remember!”

More details are available on the railway’s website at