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Written by Tim Squires - 25 Jan 2013
last update by Craig Allan - 28 Jan 2004
and by Bob Pickering - 07 Feb 2017
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Location notes
On the Great Western Main Line about halfway between Exeter and Newton Abbot.
Railway type and traffic
A busy two track railway, and station, with frequent First Great Western HSTs and local units (of 143, 150, 153 and occasional 158 varieties), as well as Cross Country Voyagers and HSTs.
Some freight, namely a weekly DB Schenker fuel oil train and Colas log train, occasional Network Rail test trains too.
There is a weekly China Clay train that runs on Thursdays in the late afternoon from the west and the locomotive returns light a few hours later.
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RTT Link Dawlish
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Environment
Dawlish is situated on the South coast. You can walk along the sea wall between the beach and the railway. There are a few places to duct and cover if it rains.
The sea wall and it's attached footbridges are great locations for photography, but do get rather busy in the summer, tripods are definitely not a good idea as space is limited.
The station is staffed during peak times, but can get some undesirable types gathering in the evening.
Road directions
The location is directly off the A379 just to the south of the station.

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Dawlish map co-ordinates
Parking
Plenty of seaside parking (though finding a space can get tricky in high season), as well as a fairly large car park at the station.
Public transport
Good bus links from most of Devon and roughly hourly rail departures to Exeter/Exmouth and Paignton, and a few trains to and from London and the North as well.

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Amenities
Toilets on the station when it's open, as well as a few public conveniences in the area.
As Dawlish is a seaside resort, there are plenty of restaurant and takeaways in the area.
Accommodation
Lots of accommodation in the area, with at least two B&B's overlooking both the railway and the sea!
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Dawlish close up map

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Photographic notes
Given that the line runs from north to south, the sun is better placed up until mid afternoon, although some sort of short is nearly always available! For seafront shots a set of small steps will gain you the necessary height to get over the fence.

Extra Video notes:Given the seafront location strong winds are frequent, and as above the area can get very busy with people and traffic in high season.
Links to photographs at this location

Northern Railways - Dawlish
The Railway Center.


General views - All photographs © Tim Squires unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north

From the cliffe tops to the south of the station, this is a steep walk to this location

Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south

From the station footbridge.

Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north

Seafront departure view

Fig 5 - Looking north



Fig 5 - Looking north

Seafont view

Fig 6 - Looking east - Image Craig Allan



Fig 6 - Looking east - <i>Image  Craig Allan</i>

From the footbridge to the west of the station.

Fig 7 - Looking west - Image Craig Allan



Fig 7 - Looking west - <i>Image  Craig Allan</i>


Fig 8 - Looking south - Image Craig Allan



Fig 8 - Looking south - <i>Image  Craig Allan</i>

Taken from a passing train.
If photographing out of a train window remember to take care, there are a lot of tunnels on this section of line!

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