Welcome to the Home Page of this website dedicated to Totnes Riverside (Littlehempston) Railway Station on part of the original GWR branch line from Totnes to Ashburton, and its supporters group on the South Devon Railway Association.
This site came into being on 13th July 2011, replacing the one that had
previously been supported by the ThisisSouthDevon Group. This site was
last updated on Saturday, 22nd April 2017 at 08.40 hours.
PLEASE NOTE: We can now be reached by using the following link: http://totnes.southdevonrailwayassociation.org/
********* We have a new page ********* For all the LATEST NEWS use this link here or look for the 'Latest news' heading in the menu on the left of your screen.
Another note - try looking at www.bbc.co.uk/archive/steamtrains/7313.shtml This should take you to a 29 minute film first shown in 1979 - Steam into Summer - an affectionate look at the Dart Valley Railway. Totnes Littlehempston Station, as it was then, is shown at around the 19 minute mark. Do also take note of the young Dave Knowling prepping and driving the engine.
We have a page on this site, dedicated to attempting to list all the Motive Power that has ever ventured inside the Signal E296 - which is roughly opposite the buffer stop end of our platform. This signal controls the rail traffic leaving our metals for the "big railway" network. Many items do of course arrive and depart on road transport from the Buckfastleigh end of our line, but these should still be included on our list, which is not claimed to be complete - but it continues to be fun researching the records. If you can help, then please make contact with us.
The line is operated by the South Devon Railway Trust which has its' headquarters at Buckfastleigh. The South Devon Railway Association is a body with around 3500 members, of which almost 500 are active in some capacity with the running and maintenance requirements of running what is essentially a major tourist attraction in Devon. The train services are operated in the main by ex-GWR steam locomotives, over the 6.75 mile line which runs generally North alongside the River Dart.
The picture below shows many of the Station Group proudly displaying the GNER Volunteers Award 2006 in the National Railway Heritage Awards. The Award was presented in London by Chris Green, Chairman of the Railway Forum.
<<<<<TWENTY YEARS AGO>>>>>
The Class 47 Diesel 47814 sat in the Platform No. 2 and was named "Totnes Castle" by the Duke of Somerset as part of the SDR125 Celebrations on the 3rd. May 1997.
<<<<<TEN YEARS AGO>>>>>
2017 - It is now 10 years since we installed the Water Tank and associated Pipe Work; the fire brigade held an exercise involving the Signal Box and the DMU; and the foundations for the Pilning Box were started.
A full and extensive history of the Toller Station can be viewed by searching:- disused-stations,org.uk/t/toller/index.shtml
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If you want to contact us with suggestions for improvements to this site, or provide further details on any items already included on this site, please contact us at Chairman@southdevonrailwayassociation.org
We recently added a new note about an archive film worth looking at, near the top of this page.
PLEASE NOTE: We can now be reached by following: http://totnes.southdevonrailwayassociation.org/