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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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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.
The location is directly off the A379 just to the south of the station.
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.
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