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Old January 17th, 2020, 01:03 AM   #461
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More disruption to trains at the sea wall today. Because of the storms a train was hit by 'debris' at Dawlish. It greatly affects the connectivity down here (again). That includes Newton Abbot, Torbay, Plymouth and Cornwall. The Exmouth to Paignton train (I asume a 150 or Pacer DMU) had its window smashed, and a passenger injured, likely by a pebble. The Paignton to Paddington train also broke down between Teignmouth and Dawlish...so that must be a IET Hitachi. Could be to do with seawater?

Anyway...the damaged Dawlish train was damaged where? If it was at Dawlish Beach (rather than the sea wall section) then the new raised wall, currently under construction would protect that. I suspect it may be the long sea wall section...in which case that is years away for building the higher wall. So regular Winter disruption of the far S W trains will likely be the norm for the forseeable future.
Apparently the incident was captured on the Dawlish Beach Cams

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...-train-3747959
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Old January 17th, 2020, 02:24 PM   #462
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It might be problematic if a heritage railway buys it i'm guessing? Would a heritage railway be accommodating to a potential regular commuter service?

Does anyone know on what arrangement the Dartmoor Sunday Rover summer service is under? Is it leased to DfT?
Most likely would be as its a regular income source from track access charges and other things.
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Crikey!

First pictures show train windows smashed by waves at Dawlish leaving woman injured
https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...indows-3748750

Is the currently underway work going to stop this?
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Old January 17th, 2020, 05:34 PM   #464
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Crikey!

First pictures show train windows smashed by waves at Dawlish leaving woman injured
https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...indows-3748750

Is the currently underway work going to stop this?
Interesting photos. The answer to your question would have to be yes, but also no. There is work to protect against this kind of thing, but it is not along the section of wall this train was on. This incident happened north of the station, the defense work is happen south of the station. The defense work is arguably happening on one of the most protected sections and therefore is a cheaper section to defend. That is why I think the works are a cop out by the DfT.

To defend the section where the train was hit would cost hundreds of millions and maybe get over a billion, not just because the section is several times longer, but also because the sea is far more intense in that section.
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