Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

…The Land and The Sea…

The Sea Wall between Dawlish and Teignmouth – 47537 passes Sprey Point
47537 at Sprey Point, Teignmouth (31APR79)

45017 exits Parson Tunnel – dwarfed by the sea defences in the foreground
45017 at Parson Tunnel, Teignmouth (31APR79)

47259 on the sea wall – looking back towards Sprey Point & Teignmouth
47259 at Teignmouth (31APR79)

Aycliff, Dover – 411605 leads a 12-car Dover Priory to London Victoria service beneath the cliffs
411605 passing Aycliff, Dover (AUG80)

33052 ‘Ashford’ with some ferry wagons in a photo that predates the Channel Tunnel
33052 at Aycliffe, Dover (AUG80)

Grange over Sands – 40156 among the wildflowers on the sea wall
40156 at Grange over Sands (JUL79)

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    1. Thanks Colline. The rocks are placed there to try and stop the Atlantic from washing lots of Devon away, and when I say dwarfed I’m making a point – that’s 140 tons of locomotive and it looks tiny 😉 Last winter the see defences at Dawlish failed in spectacular fashion and the line was cut for several weeks.

    1. Hi Christine, yes I saw your posts on that visit. The lines have always lived on the edge now it’s time for government to decide whether an inland route should be funded as an alternative to the original coastal route so that services to Cornwall can be maintained.

      1. Possibly Christine, though I’m not sure how it stacks up economically. My understanding is that the coastal route would be retained anyway to serve the population centres like Dawlish and Teignmouth. But bad weather cutting Cornwall off from the rest of the network is bad for tourism and business so some sort of permanent solution to worsening winter storms has to be found. Equally there is the china clay industry to consider – though that’s just about the only freight that travels from Cornwall by rail these days. There’s nothng west of Par since the oil traffic stopped. The alternate route being considered would use part of the old London & South Western line (another Beeching closure that might have been better left open). I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the government decides to do about it.

    1. You’ll find the trains have changed a bit since these shots were taken Patti 😉 But I think the scenery is much the same 🙂

    1. Thank you Judith. The damage at Dawlish was the worst with the tracks actually washed away along with the land right back to some of the houses behind the station! These images date from happier times – 1979/80. Grange over Sands rarely gets rough seas being located behind the sands of Morecambe Bay so the wildflowers and the class 40 were never in any danger of being washed away 🙂

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