Plym Valley Railway

Marsh Mills - Plym Bridge


Good Morning, 
Following a meeting of the PVR Company Ltd last night I can confirm that we will still be operating Christmas Trains this year. 
Plymouth will be in Tier 2 come 3rd December which allows indoor events to take place but prohibits groups to mix out of bubbles and the rule of six applies. 
Whilst indoor events can still take place, this must be at 50% capacity- a change of guidance which we had not considered in our planning. To ensure that everyone booked is able to see Santa and travel with us we have had to make some changes to our timetable and ask more of our volunteer workforce.

Trains will now run hourly from 10am rather than bi-hourly and on services where Standard Class is over 50% capacity we will be getting in touch over the coming days to request a move to a service an hour later e.g. if you are booked on a 12:00 service we will ask if you are able to move to 13:00. First Class is unaffected by this and due to the addition of more services, we now have a high availability of First Class compartments which can be purchased now.

Standard Class seats are available on services which are less than 50% full. Once passengers have been transferred to the later services any remaining seats will then be released for bookings.
You can book here:

The Plym Valley Railway is covid secure with our risk assessments externally verified and have measure in place including:
~ Track & Trace
~ Allocated seating
~ Regular coach and building 'fogging'
~ Hand sanitiser available
~ Takeaway only food service
~ One way systems
~ Carriage Dividers
~ Face coverings to be worn in all public areas including platforms unless medically exempt.

I hope that this makes sense and that you understand that for a 100% volunteer railway it is going to be a huge undertaking to transfer hundreds of bookings. Please bear with us but get in touch if you have any further questions.

I'd like to thank you all for your patience and understanding over the last few months and look forward to welcoming you onto our Christmas Trains
Daniel Phillips

Christmas at the Plym Valley Railway


Plym Valley Railway receives lifeline grant of £27,900 from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

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● Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including Plym Valley Railway have been awarded cash from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage ● Grants of up to £1 million will deliver a lifeline for the heritage sector in England with further support to follow and larger grants for capital projects awarded through the Heritage Stimulus Fund ● First major tranche of funding from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

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2020 Running Days

Check out our upcoming Running Days. We run Steam and Diesel Trains from Marsh Mills to Plym Bridge every week.

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Drive a Train

Ever wanted to take the controls of a train? Have a budding friend/family member who’s an avid train fanatic? The Plym Valley Railway is the place to be!

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Are you interested in railways? Would you like to learn new skills? Do you have some spare time or need experience? The Plym Valley Railway needs you!

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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. On selected days we run train services from Marsh Mills to Plym Bridge.

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.


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  • Coypool Road, Plymouth, UK
  • Marsh Mills Station Coypool Road Plympton Plymouth PL74NW

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