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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.

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This Website was last updated on 9th November 2017.


New: 9th November:

The South Devon Railway's Diesel Gala was held on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of November 2017.
Our visiting locos were the only surviving Clayton class 17; D8568, courtesy of the Diesel Traction Group
and by kind permission of Great Western Railway: 08 644 from Laira Depot.

From the home fleet, we ran English Electric type 3 (class 37) 6975, BRCW Crompton (class 33) D6501, English Electric 0-6-0DE shunter (class 09) D3721, RS&H 0-6-0DM shunter (class 04) D2246 and ‘Bubblecar’ single unit railcar W55000.

Here is a photo gallery of the event:


24 081 on the Gloucester & Warickshire!24 081 on the Gloucester & Warickshire!
Clayton Class 17 D8568. English Electric 08644 at Laira.


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


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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:
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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.