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« on: December 06, 2021, 07:51:37 pm »

Information for anyone travelling tomorrow.

There’s is a 50mph blanket emergency speed restriction because of the forecasted high winds. This restriction applies on all lines west of Taunton between 0900 and 1500.

There will also be level one working across the Dawlish Seawall between 0730 and 1030. Haven’t seen anything from CrossCountry yet as to wether they will be running services between Exeter and Newton Abbot.
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2021, 07:55:05 pm »

The wild & lonely Isle o' Barra!
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2021, 08:28:14 pm »

XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) tweeted at 2010 this evening

“ Alterations to services on Tuesday 7 November

CrossCountry services will not be able to run between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth until 10:30 tomorrow morning. Alterations are now in journey planners”
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2021, 08:44:42 pm »

They’ve now added this….

“ Our 0627, 0727 and 0927 departures from Plymouth will start at Exeter St Davids

Our 0640 Bristol TM(resolve) - Plymouth and 0610 Derby - Plymouth will terminate at Exeter St Davids.

GWR (Great Western Railway) will accept CrossCountry tickets until 11am. Sorry if affected”
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2021, 10:07:33 pm »

Presumably "level one working across the Dawlish Seawall" means something along the lines of "with extreme caution"?
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2021, 10:25:59 pm »

Presumably "level one working across the Dawlish Seawall" means something along the lines of "with extreme caution"?

Level 1. Trains are accompanied over the seawall by a Network Rail pilotman and run to the pilotmans instructions.

Level 2.  The down line is closed. All services will run over the Up reversible. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2021, 05:56:20 am »

What happened to the "essential requirement" that IETs (Intercity Express Train) be able to cope with the severe conditions at Dawlish ?

When this was previously discussed, I recall a respected member of these forums stating that the "essential requirement" only referred to the survival of decorative finishes with no requirement that the trains actually work ! Others stated that this was not the case.

Voyagers were hugely criticised for not  handling Dawlish conditions, and the specifications for the new trains was claimed to include a requirement to cope with these conditions.

So what went wrong ?
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It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2021, 06:22:26 am »

As well as west of Taunton, quite a few other blanket 40/50mph speed restrictions are to be enforced from mid-morning in various other places, especially near the coast, and IET (Intercity Express Train)’s will be using ‘Dawlish Special Mode’ until mid-afternoon.

It’ll be interesting to see how the new sections of the sea wall cope with today’s storm.  There’s a great video showing recent progress at https://youtu.be/GYTv3R3vs4w

Could be quite a bruising day for performance given those measures and the ever present risk of fallen trees blocking lines and localised flooding.
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2021, 09:31:20 am »

IET (Intercity Express Train)’s will be using ‘Dawlish Special Mode’ until mid-afternoon.


‘Dawlish Special mode’ is next to useless.

After an engine has shut down after being flooded with sea water it is possible to restart the engine nearly straight away, however, you can only leave in idle mode. If you put any load through the engine it’ll shut down again straight away. Leaving it in idle allows it to dry out.

I once heard Voyagers are supposedly Dawlish proof now but Network Rail still refuse to allow them to run over the Seawall when sea conditions are rough.
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2021, 10:11:05 am »

1A77 has ground to a halt at Dawlish!
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2021, 10:16:40 am »

1A77 has ground to a halt at Dawlish!

Running in 'Dawlish proof mode', it has been 'killed' by a wave. So much for 'Dawlish Proof'. Nothing going towards Exeter can get passed. Announcement at St David's.... 'We have no idea when the next direct service towards London Paddington will arrive. Please use XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) services to Bristol Parkway or London Waterloo services'.

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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2021, 10:24:21 am »

Follow progress of 1A77 on the Sea Breeze Dawlish Beach Cam.
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2021, 10:41:57 am »

Running in 'Dawlish proof mode', it has been 'killed' by a wave. So much for 'Dawlish Proof'.

It’s ‘Dawlish Special Mode’…not ‘Dawlish proof mode’.  Though we do have more proof that it doesn’t work.   Undecided
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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2021, 11:10:06 am »

Rescue train 1Z99 for 1A77 now immobilised by a wave on the sea wall.
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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2021, 11:16:12 am »

CSL2 Code BLACK declared.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL between Newton Abbot and Exeter.
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