Experience how passengers travelled in 1950s British Railways coaches and travel back in time in historic 19th century coaches. As well as unlimited train rides, explore the Victorian station buildings, learn about and operate the Signal Box and visit the Restoration Shed for a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the museum’s locomotive restoration programme. Freight trains will be running as well as shunting demonstrations and ‘double and triple heading’, where steam locomotives are coupled together and run down the track as one train. An extended timetable will take in the hours of darkness on Saturday only.
A real ‘Gavin & Stacey’ story, from Barry Island to Essex, having worked on local passenger services in the West Country for most of its life, the visiting locomotive Small Prairie, spent 33 years ‘scrapped’ on Barry Island in South Wales before moving to Swindon where she was lovingly restored, eventually ending up at the South Devon Railway.
For discounted tickets, go to: www.earm.co.uk/whats-on. Sunday roast lunches are available on the 15th March, pre-booking is advisable by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.