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Historic carriages smashed by vandals

Police are appealing for witnesses after historic carriages and buildings were broken in to at Buckfastleigh on the South Devon Railway.

Credit: South Devon Railway

The damage is thought to have been done last Friday 20th January at around 5am that morning.

The Railway says there has been around £5,000 worth of damage.

Windows were smashed on carriages dating back to the 1930s. Volunteers have since started repairing the damage.

Insurance will pay for railway repair after landslip

500 tons of rock and soil fell onto tracks between Buckfastleigh and Steverton Credit: ITV News West Country

The South Devon Railway, which feared it would have to start an appeal to pay for repairs after a landslip, now won't have to.

500 tons of rock and soil fell onto tracks between Buckfastleigh and Steverton on Boxing Day. All trains were suspended until February. The railway says its insurance policy will cover the repair costs.

Landslip forces cancellation of steam trains in Devon

The landslip between Buckfastleigh and Staverton Credit: South Devon Railway

A landslip has forced the cancellation of the first steam railway services in Devon in 50 years. Volunteers at the South Devon Railway had planned to run Boxing Day services on the seven-mile route between Buckfastleigh and Totnes.

The landslip occurred a little over four miles from Buckfastleigh after the recent storms. More details here.


All aboard on Boxing Day

South Devon Railway is running services on Boxing Day & Friday 27th December Credit: South Devon Railway

Recent bad weather may have disrupted many modern rail services in the West Country today, but one company says their train will be working.

The South Devon Railway is planning to run steam train services on Boxing Day for the first time in over 50 years.

The line was closed to passengers by British Railways in 1958, but extra steam train services today and tomorrow are being run this year.

The South Devon line was closed by British Railways in 1958, but the steam train is running today, Boxing Day. Credit: South Devon Railway

As buffet services are limited, the railway is encouraging visitors to bring along their own “Christmas leftovers picnic” of food and drink to enjoy on the trip.