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Sea Wall line is back to its best

February 4 2014 is a date that will go down in history for th residents and railway users of Devon. That was the day storms breached the sea wall at Dawlish, and cut off the South West Peninsula from the rest of the UK rail network for two months. Network Rail's 'Orange Army' worked round the clock to restore the Far South West's rail link, and today normal service has been resumed. The latest in our series of exclusive pictures of UK railway locations takes a final look at the sea wall section at Dawlish and Teignmouth.

RAIL photography: Phil Metcalfe

  • This pictorial feature was published in RAIL 765 on January 7 2015
First Great Western train approaches Starcross First Great Western train approaches Starcross
First Great Western train races through Starcross First Great Western train races through Starcross
First Great Western train going through Cockwood First Great Western train going through Cockwood
First Great Western train at Dawlish First Great Western train at Dawlish
First Great Western train passes Langstone Rock First Great Western train passes Langstone Rock
First Great Western train emerges from Parsons Tunnel First Great Western train emerges from Parsons Tunnel
First Great Western train at Kennaway Tunnel First Great Western train at Kennaway Tunnel
Class 150 train heading to Paignton Class 150 train heading to Paignton
First Great Western train approaching Smugglers Cove First Great Western train approaching Smugglers Cove
First Great Western train passes Sprey Point First Great Western train passes Sprey Point
First Great Western train heads towards Newton Abbot First Great Western train heads towards Newton Abbot
First Great Western train at Shaldon Bridge First Great Western train at Shaldon Bridge