The South Devon Garden Railway Group was formed with the aim of building and operating a permanent outdoor layout within the grounds of Buckfastleigh Station on the South Devon Railway.

This has now been achieved and regular meetings are held at our layout "Dartbridge" for the benefit of both ourselves and also members of the general public who are visiting the site. Meetings are held throughout the year on the 3rd Sunday of each month and on any Sunday when there is a special event on the "big railway". Additionally we meet every weekend during the summer months and most weekends throughout the rest of the year, unless the weather is really bad.

Guests are very welcome and members of the Association of 16 mm modellers, the G Scale Society or G1MRA may run a locomotive but please remember to bring an up to date Certificate of Annual Inspection and Steam Test with you. Please look at the events calendar on the meeting dates page of this site to see when we are having a running day. Let us know you are coming, by phoning in advance a member of the committee (details on the Contacts page)and make yourself known on arrival.


The layout is a raised timber structure, providing four separate oval running lines of over 80m each, with a large number of loops and sidings for loco and stock storage. There is a double track standard gauge mainline laid with 45mm Gauge One track, two narrow gauge circuits, one of 32mm track gauge and one of dual 32mm and 45mm gauges. Live steam, battery and clockwork locos can be accomodated but there is no facility for track powered locomotives. There are two dedicated steam raising areas, a facility to "drop" the fire from coal fired locos and an undercover "refuge" to protect us from the elements. Our large membership have a wide variety of prototype railway interests and this is reflected in the models they bring along.

How to find us

Our layout is located in the grounds of Buckfastleigh station on the South Devon Railway (follow the brown tourist signs from the A38). It is in the 'garden' section, beside the main locomotive running shed. Free parking is available next to the layout area. There is a miniature railway, a good restaurant and a model railway shop on the site.

Our hosts

The South Devon Railway is the host and home for the South Devon Garden Railway Group and provides an ideal location to run steam trains. For more details on this picturesque Great Western branch line please click the image.