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High Waves Break Over the Dawlish Mainline Railway
High Waves Break Over the Dawlish Mainline Railway

High Waves Break Over the Dawlish Mainline Railway 1980

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High Waves Break Over the Dawlish Mainline Railway 1980

2 mins United Kingdom

Isambard Kingdom Brunel deigned the South Devon Railway route to impress. It follows the River Exe after Exeter south to Dawlish Warren, running beneath the cliffs at Teignmouth before going alongside the River Teign to Newton Abbot. Meandering gently by tidal waters for 13 miles, the train travels by four areas of open sea. The views are stunning on any day and in the winter waves often hit the carriages shocking unsuspecting passengers but adding to the thrill.

Try steadying this tripod before steadicam technology was widely available. There is now a live webcam trained on the sea wall set inland for fear of being washed away. The sea wall was breached in February 2014 destroying part of Dawlish station and several houses forcing the line to close until April of the same year. Opportunities to open up an inland route were past up mainly due to cost but also due to the popularity of the route so thirty-five million pounds was spent shoring up the sea wall, to some a King Canute-type action. Long-term solutions are still on the table amid fears that coastal erosion is inevitable and this famed route's days may be numbered.

The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.

Genres

0 2

Tags

1980s Coastlines Rail transport

Collection

Going Places

Released

1980

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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