The Dartmoor Railway is 15.5 miles of scenic railway operating between Coleford junction and Meldon Station in Devon, England. Originally a part of the historic London South Western Railway main line it fell victim to the 1978 beeching. The Dartmoor Railway now offers leisurely railway excursions across the beautiful Devon countryside. From nostalgic train rides in the spring and summer months to exciting special events like our famous Train to Christmas Town during the festive season. Dartmoor Railway offers all-ages activities that you and your family can enjoy year-round.


Like stepping back in time, but not in a Disney-fied way.

Still maintaining its feel of authenticity and texture, the steam railway takes you back, through education and experience, to a time when the rails were a vital artery connecting Britain to transatlantic liner travel.

– Philip B., TripAdvisor

We have been taking our grandchildren on this train for the last 3 years it is brilliant. We get dressed in our pyjamas and go down to the station, the children 9,7,6,5 love it as do the adults. The performance on the train is very professonal and it is a great experience for all the family!

– twixbirmingham, TripAdvisor
Great morning out

Really enjoyed the experience. All run by volunteers and they do a great job. Brought back many memories of yesteryear. We went on a dampish Saturday morning in early October and it was quite busy. I was able to hang out of the windows getting covered with all sorts of sooty smuts - Happy days!

– NormanC336, TripAdvisor
Amazing trip on the polar express

The trip was great the entertainers got everyone involved and worked so hard to make everyone laugh our 2 kids said it was as good as Disneyland at Christmas time! We will be booking next year for sure!

– nicolacomer, TripAdvisor
Fantastic festive fun

This was brilliant! The polar express. I would highly recommend this attraction to all with young children. They have done a wonderful job recreating the film on this train Journey to the North Pole. Great value for money - you can't put a price on the memories you've just made with your children. No parking issue and very accessible to the station. Thank you to the polar express team for the great memories.

– _philsmithelc26, TripAdvisor
Wonderful atmosphere

A lovely place to visit and great food at the cafe too. Fascinated by the information on the Beaching cuts as we had not seen the 1963 newspaper articles before. The volunteers were very friendly and the flowers beautiful.

– Tina S., TripAdvisor
Lovely place of nostagia.

Took a ride on the train(not steam), to Meldon Quarry, and viaduct. Brought back memories of train travel in days gone by. Then a beautiful and peaceful walk around the Reservoir, back on the train to Okehampton, for tea and cake.

– Mary496, TripAdvisor
Great Day Out

This was the first time we visited Dartmoor Railway. We had to go on Sunday service from Exeter which was a lovely train ride. We had a lovely journey up to Meldon. My son really enjoyed it as he got to stand in front cab and also sit in drivers seat. This made his day as he loves trains.

– Kimberley W., TripAdvisor