Local railway author Colin Marsden writes new history of Dawlish railways with dramatic coverage of the Sea Wall collapse in 2014
Britainís Scenic Railways: Dawlish The Railway from Exeter to Newton Abbot- Colin J. Marsden.


The 21 mile railway line from Exeter to Newton Abbot passes through some of the most beautiful countryside in the country, from Exeter skirting the River Exe, passing the picturesque Powderham Estate and the photogenic Cockwood Harbour before traversing the stunning Dawlish Sea Wall section between Langstone Rock and Lea Mount in Dawlish. The line then dives in and out of five tunnels before travelling along the Teignmouth Sea Wall, then passing through the town of Teignmouth, skirting the River Teign before arriving at Newton Abbot. It then passes Newton Abbot race course and the site of the once extensive Newton Abbot depot and workshops.
Beautiful, scenic, widely visited and photographed, but as it turns out, extremely vulnerable. In February 2014 massive storms dramatically washed away a huge section of the Sea Wall at Dawlish and ripped apart the fabric of the line all the way from Dawlish Warren through to Teignmouth. The storm led to the closure of the line for 8 weeks, the longest closure due to weather damage since the line opened in the mid-1800s. The loss of revenue and disruption prompted Network Rail to commission a study to look at more sustainable, diversionary routes to avoid the risk of future sea wall collapses. There are currently five new route options still open for consideration, and the viability of these plans are looked at in depth.
This stunning new book shows the route, development, train types and the peculiar difficulties of running a sea wall railway. A special section looks in detail at the catastrophic events of February 2014, all beautifully illustrated with some amazing photographs, including all the ensuing repair work and triumphant recovery and re-opening of the line on 4 April 2014.


To Celebrate the launch of Colin’s latest publication we have teamed up with Ian Allan Publishing to give one lucky Dawlish Beach supporter the opportunity to own their very own copy.

The book is full of Colin’s exceptional photographs and when you couple that to his in depth knowledge of the local area and railway, this has to be a must be for any South West Railway fan.

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Many thanks to Colin J Marsden and Ian Allan Publishing.