South Devon Railway Talk

On Friday 13 October 2023, we had the pleasure of a fascinating illustrated talk by Alan Taylor, Trustee and former chairman of the South Devon Railway Trust.

Alan has a long history of involvement with the SDR and presents a most interesting and lively talk describing the its commercially driven origins, its subsequent evolvement, Beeching, rebirth and the challenges the railway faces today.

Alan told the story of the former GWR branch line and its rebirth as one of the nation’s premier heritage railways including a light-hearted look at some of the notable events and celebrity visits that have occurred during its existence.

Here is a picture of Alan and Terry, an SDR volunteer who spoke about his varied experience as a voluteer at SDR and another heritage railway before he moved to Devon.