Freight Train Experience

New for 2024!

Take a unique journey in a traditional guard’s Brake Van for a return trip between Buckfastleigh and Totnes behind a steam or diesel locomotive. 

You will travel on the open veranda of a 1930s ‘Toad’ or 1950s ‘Shark’, providing unrivalled views of the countryside and our railway. On one leg of the journey you will be at the rear of the train and on the other, directly behind the locomotive. Your ticket also includes unlimited travel on our other passenger services during the day, perfect for exploring the local area.

Please note that there are a very limited number of spaces per journey and, when booking, you will select which Brake Van you will be travelling in. Although there is some undercover space available, the best experience can be achieved by standing on the open veranda so please dress accordingly. Due to occasional rough movements, this experience is not recommended for young children or the infirm. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

To book your place and check the latest availability, please visit our ticket page.

The Freight Train Experience will be hauled by either a Great Western Railway steam locomotive of a British Railways diesel locomotive. The allocation of locomotive type can be found in the event session description.