The Plym Valley Railway was founded in 1980 with an aim of restoring part of the ex-Great Western branch line from Plymouth to Tavistock that was closed in 1962. The first milestone, Marsh Mills to World’s End, was complete in September 2001. The second milestone, Marsh Mills to Lee Moor Crossing was opened in May 2008 which allowed passengers to ride 3/4 mile of track along the Plym Valley.
On December 30th 2012 Plym Bridge Platform was opened to the public. This marked 50 years and a day since the line was closed, and also the completion of the laying of 1.5 miles of track. We run either Brake Van Rides from Marsh Mills or a full service from Marsh Mills to Plym Bridge every Sunday from Easter until Halloween.Click Here for our Running Days.
Marsh Mills is a heritage railway centre where we are preserving steam and diesel locomotives, carriages, wagons and other historic railway artefacts to recreate the atmosphere of a bygone age.
The railway is always looking for new and enthusiastic volunteers in all departments, including motive power, permanent way, carriage and wagon, building and works, fundraising and retail outlets– for further details please ask the staff in the Buffet.
“Enjoyable visit yesterday! Love the railway! Well done guys! “ Kim Davenport
“Great afternoon out at the Plym Valley Railway weather was a bit damp but did not ruin the great atmosphere or the trips up and down the line”. Gareth Harison
"We came on the bus from the show on the Hoe, nice to see what has been achieved, also ongoing work on engines. Even held off raining, well a few drops but that didn't count" Doug Delamare
"A lovely ride up to Plym Bridge today! My 2yr old loved it!" Sara Parham
“Lovely little line very friendly staff,had many happy journeys with PVR over the years,love Albert the steam engine. Chris Sloman
“We were among the numbers & loved it. Always good to have a big kiss & hug from Santa.” Jan Kelcey
“Highly recommended, the Grandtwins loved it, but recommended for adults too.....lovely atmosphere and everyone is so friendly. Cant wait for April and looking forward to using the picnic/viewing area.” Carol Ford
“A simple and lovely activity to do on a Sunday afternoon with or without the kids, no matter the weather and absolutely does not break the bank unlike most other train places!!” Michelle Donovan
“Nice line , Had a good day when the Class 50 ran which ended the day with a nice brake van ride.” Tom Walters