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lightengine last won the day on June 21 2019

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    South Devon, Norf Lundun ex pat
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    Red wine.
    Modelling interests; LNER (my grandfather was a stationmaster & prior to retirement a controller (non fat) at Liverpool Street Station)
    GWR (because I live here)
    and having worked on Southern Region ...........
    Rod Stewart. The Beatles. Pink Floyd. Passenger. Future Islands.
    Films; A Few Good Men. Moulin Rouge. Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Amelie.
    Wildlife documentaries.
    Left of centre politics.
    Reading travel books and non fiction history books ( Giles Milton).
    Photography and books of stunning photos.
    A pint in the Ship Inn.
    The Back Beach.
    I have an interest in Westerns, Warships, class 47's and GWR. I also like other regions, having been started off by my grandfather with the Hornby Dublo Golden Fleece which still runs well.

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  1. If the sea wall was abandoned at Dawlish and the sea encroached up Dawlish Lawn and further, the inland route might well look similar.
  2. Living in Teignmouth I suggest visiting Teignmouth, having a pint at the Ship Inn on the back beach getting the ferry to Shaldon and back (5 min trip). At Exeter visit the Exeter Quays. Newton Abbot visit the Cider Bar, one of only 2 in the country, it is a converted farm and something to see and have a pint in.
  3. Jonny777 did you know my mate Ron who was senior railman at Teignmouth?
  4. He has some healthy looking travel photo albums.
  5. The good people of Totnes threw out Costas plans so they can't be all bad. Especially around the shops at the top of the main street where there is always a herbal smell.
  6. Teignmouth station, certainly on the upside, was covered in tiles. Which at some time in the past was covered with tarmac. I can photograph them if you want.
  7. No Mike. I intend keeping it, but there are people that seem to think that re opening an old rout is the answer. If that was to happen surely the increased costs for 2 lines would be pretty costly. So just supposing that Dawlish lost the railway and a Teignmouth-Paignton shuttle took place, what would the seawall maintenance cost be percentagewise of the present cost.
  8. CK, in your judgement and for the benefit of people that believe that a north Devon route is feasible, if it was completed and all trains to Cornwall up and running (please stop tittering at the back). How much would the NR maintenance of the seawall cost in comparison to the present figures, which obviously includes rail maintenance? Allowing that cliff falls would be retained inside the seawall and they would not cause additional repair work.
  9. The locals are already forming lynch mobs because of the impending loss of the Holcombe beach. None of them explain where the present beach sand will migrate to and as the long shore drift is west to east there should always be a build up of sand.
  10. In that instance the sea wall still has to be retained and maintained (as is the case anyway) to run the local trains.
  11. ..... and the Dawlish solution? Apart from compulsory purchases and the associated fairly huge engineering works plus realigning the Newton Abbot road there is hardly a place for a station much before Bishopsteignton.
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