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We are a small company, formed to preserve, operate & hire out ex B.R. Diesel locomotives, based on the SDR at Buckfastleigh, Devon. We currently own two class 25s: D7612 (25 262, 25 901), D7541 (25 191) a class 33: D6501 (33 002) and a class 37: 37 275 (D6975).

We also have under a long lease from the South Devon Railway Trust the first BR Class 122 'Bubble Car' - 55000 - built 1958.

D7612 & D7541 D6501 37 275 W55000
D7612 & D7541 at
April 2011

D6501 Near Hood Bridge
Resplendant in new Green Paint!
Aug 2014 ©P.Burrow
6975 at Bishops Bridge.
8th Nov 2015

55000 Newly outshopped
at Staverton.

We now have a Facebook page, where you can see our latest news and lots of pics:
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Here is a website kindly organised by Phil Seymour documenting the restoration of 25 191/D7541
25 191 Restoration Website

This Website was last updated on 9th December 2016.


New: 9th December:
John Frood's Funeral was held today. Inevitably it was a very sad occasion but a very moving service. Robin Coles spoke an excellent tribute and the service was appropriately finnished by the sound of 33 002 pulling out of a station! About 250 people attended, from all walks of his life and from all corners of Southern England, far outnumbering the capacity of the chapel. It showed what a wonderful, loved and respected man he was. It was followed by a very good wake at the Southern Railway club.
John Frood

20th November:
It is with a very heavy heart I have to report the untimely death of our great friend, supporter and helper John Frood who tragically passed away with a heart attack last night. He will be missed very much.
John Frood
John Frood Working on his beloved 33 002

13th November:
The South Devon Railway's Autumn Diesel Gala was held on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November 2016:

We ran Bubblecar W55000, Class 04 D2246, Class 09 D3721, class 25 D7612, Class 33 D6501, Class 37 6975 and our guest loco Class 24, 24 081 by kind permission of 24 081 Locomotive Group
Here is a gallery of pics from the Gala:
2016 Diesel Gala Link

24 081 on the Gloucester & Warickshire!
24 081 at the Gloucester & Warickshire.


For those interested, we have prepared a page for each of our locos, with photographs, some history and a selection of interesting facts and figures:

cl 25 spec

about 25901

33 specification

return home

We also own various support vehicles, for details of these visit our


Here you may contact us or go to other related web sites:
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OUR OTHER PAGES To view our older news stories, here's our
news archive

Our quarterly magazines can also be viewed by clicking on this

We have held various diesel galas in recent years, some pictures of them can be found here:
Gallery Index Page

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Fancy driving a 1000+ hp diesel loco? If so try one of our DRIVER EXPERIENCE days. Click on the image to the left for details.

D2246 37 037 50 002
DDS 04 number D2246 D6737 at Caddaford June 08 50 002 on the PDSR
Courtesy & Phil Seymour

Also on the South Devon Railway is Class 09 No. 09 010 (D3721), owned by the South Devon Railway Trust.   Class 04 no. D2246, Class 37 No. D6737 (37 037) & Class 50 No.50 002 (D402) . These three are owned by our sister group, the DDS

The SDR Trust own D3721/09 010 which is currently operational.

Class 09 D3721
D3721 (09 010) at Buckfastleigh.

All pictures are taken by and myself, Richard Bruford unless otherwise stated.