History of the Line 1976-1984
After a period of several years a new group of people reformed an S&T gang in Easter 1976. The new gangs’ first jobs were simple but helped to build up confidence.  They firstly installed a single lever ground frame (formerly from Ashburton) to control the loop to yard points and associated catch point at the south end of the loop, this was commissioned on the 1st June 1976. Attention was then focused on installing a two-lever ground frame at the Totnes end of the Staverton loop.
The first reports in Bulliver from the new S&T group started in April 1977 (Bulliver 50).
By mid 1976 the group was looking at the recreation of working signals at Buckfastleigh once again, the old signal box being used as a temporary store, was envisaged to be brought back into use to work to points and signals at the Totnes end of the layout. Two new tubular steel posts were erected in connection with this scheme, the Up Advanced Starter next to Paper Mill Bridge and the Down Outer Home near Nursery Pool Bridge. The original wooden Advanced Starter which was located closer to the station was cut down due to rot at the base.
During 1977 the DVR company announced that it was selling the old cider store at Staverton which was being used as the S&T store, most of the year was therefore spent moving all the equipment into new locations and little happened at Buckfastleigh regarding signalling.
1978 brought two developments; the first was the drawing up of long term proposals for the re-signalling of the line. The proposals were that S&T work would initially be at Buckfastleigh with the building of a new signal box. Attention would then be turned to building new signal boxes at Staverton loop and then at Totnes Riverside. The line would be mostly worked using the OEIS method but Electric Token working could be used between Buckfastleigh and Staverton when required. It was also stipulated that Buckfastleigh would be able to be switched out. With these proposals in mind and support from several area groups a large quantity of semaphore signalling equipment was rescued from the Berks & Hants line for use in future schemes. Amongst the equipment recovered from BR were lever frames from Ufton crossing and Theale, and the crossing gates from Ufton crossing itself.
The second development was planning permission for the building of a new signal box at Buckfastleigh being granted in late 1978, this was agreed on because the old box would require extensive relocking, was at the wrong end of the layout for easy operation. The building of a new box would avoid the need for long wire and rodding runs, saving maintenance and it could be placed where the signalman could watch over train movements more easily.
Winter of 1978 saw the erection of two more signal posts, the loop starter next to the water tower and the and the home bracket signal which had three posts mounted on it. The position of the loop starter meant that a centre pivot repeater signal was used, set lower down the post to enable it to be seen passed the water tower.
Discussions over the position of the new signal box then ensued between the then General Manager and the S&T department, the position favoured by the later was on the platform next to the pagoda hut, the same place as the 1973 plan. This was rejected by the GM the alternatives were on the A38 side of the railway embankment near the car park bridge or adjacent to the No. 1 road to yard points but both of these were rejected leaving only the site under the footbridge. This created restrictions on the height and width of the box but was the only option remaining.
The DVR Company had said that it would build the brick base of the new box up to the height of the operating floor but in 1980 this had not materialised and the Dart Valley Railway Association helped fund the construction of the brickwork required, the work being completed in December of that year. During the winter of 1980/81 the wooden yard starter signal was erected by hand, a lot of time having been spent cleaning and preparing the various parts needed for the installation. Following the construction of the new workshops the S&T department were given use of the old engineman’s lobby and were soon using it to refurbishing the various components needed for the installation of the ex-Ufton Crossing ground frame (25 levers).  The department received a long term investment with the successful acceptance of a tender for the whole installation, excluding instruments, of the box at Coombe Junction on the Liskeard to Looe line in Cornwall. The frame itself was a 5 bar vertical tappet type and was fully compatible with the Ufton Crossing frame which allowed the interchange of parts where needed. The signals were relatively new and good use was made of some at Buckfastleigh with others being stored for later use.
Work started on the roof of the new box in the summer of 1981 using timber from the redundant Brockenhurst ‘B’ box on the Southern Region which had been purchased by the group in the summer of 1979. By the summer of 1982 the roof was largely complete and a name board made up for the new box by Colin Treglown. A telephone exchange was purchased at a favourable rate from the Mid Hants. Railway and fitted in the old goods department office with much attention directed at getting it into working order. The ex-Ufton Crossing lever frame was installed in the new box and attention was given to the interior of the box including the plastering of the walls.
In late 1982 further equipment was secured with the purchase of the fittings from Exeter Middle box down home signals, thought to be the last fully operational wooden post signals on the Western Region. An ex-GWR lamp hut was recovered from Hackney Yard in Newton Abbot which was installed next to the Signal box at Buckfastleigh.