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« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2023, 09:40:55 »

Catching a train back down to St David's last November from Exeter Central, this was the view of the opposite platform, photo timestamped at 17:26. The platform handles the Exmouth services as well, but from the spread along the platform, I suspect that this was largely the home-from-work passenger load for the SWR» (South Western Railway - about) line and many of them would have had their travel needs met by a service as far as Axminster.

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« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2023, 11:11:44 »

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-67679444
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A railway line that has been closed for a week due to a landslip has reopened.

Network Rail said engineers worked throughout the weekend to remove 300 tonnes of materials on the track near Crewkerne tunnel in Somerset.

Efforts to restore some of the line were hampered by further adverse weather conditions, in particular strong winds, it added.

The line between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction is now running as normal.

Trains between London Waterloo and Yeovil Junction are also running, but the line between Yeovil Junction and Exeter St David's will remain closed until Wednesday, a spokesperson for Network Rail said.

More than 90mm (9cm) of sustained heavy rain over 48 hours caused the landslip above the Crewkerne tunnel last week.

With bad weather continuing, it made it unsafe for engineers to use a tall crane essential to complete work and repair the landslip.

Network Rail is advising customers not to attempt to travel between Yeovil Junction and Exeter St David's before Wednesday and to continue to check for travel updates.

"We're sorry for any inconvenience caused by these essential works... [but] with the weather set to improve, we hope to be able to make good progress over the coming days," the spokesperson added.

BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) seem a bit confused here. Yes Salisbury to Yeovil has reopened, but that's due to completion of engineering works, not following a landslip.

Yeovil to Exeter still closed as work on Crewkerne Tunnel continues.

BBC seem a bit confused here. Yes Salisbury to Yeovil has reopened, but that's due to completion of engineering works, not following a landslip. And Salisbury to Yeovil has been closed for three weeks, not one.

Yeovil to Exeter is still closed as work on Crewkerne Tunnel continues. They got that bit right at the end but have conflated the two separate closures.
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« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2023, 13:37:46 »

They've jumped the gun as the closure at Crewkerne's extended 'till (currently) Wednesday. Something that was announced with little notice, mind.

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« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2023, 13:46:54 »

The plot thickens. Today, Honiton has a scattering of trains.

https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/detailed/gb-nr:HON/2023-12-11/0000-2359?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt

Also, on Saturday it appears that a train ran from Yeovil through to Honiton and back, and on Sunday, a train from Exeter to Axminster...

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« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2023, 17:09:56 »

Unfortunately, apart from an early one (07 37 Axminster - Exeter and this will have been very welcome - key commuter and student train), everything else scheduled so far has been cancelled.   The GWR (Great Western Railway) service from Barnstaple looks to be fine (touch wood) 17 48 off St David's, 17 53 off Central - so that will hopefully get people home again.  The fact that these other trains have been at least scheduled bodes well for tomorrow, you would hope.

Fingers crossed Crewkerne Tunnel and the whole line reopens on Wednesday and we're then back to normal....
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« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2023, 12:17:15 »

Fully emergency timetable running today (Tuesday, 12th) between Axminster and Exeter St Davids
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« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2023, 19:42:13 »

Fully emergency timetable running today (Tuesday, 12th) between Axminster and Exeter St Davids
Got there in the end, the day before normal service resumes!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2024, 20:17:05 »

Paul Clifton reporting further problems at Crewkerne tunnel
https://x.com/paulcliftonbbc/status/1743001086040956998?s=61&t=VlafMC5gF9tidw36b1Y8JQ
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https://x.com/paulcliftonbbc/status/1743010543152111960?s=61&t=VlafMC5gF9tidw36b1Y8JQ
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« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2024, 06:52:08 »

Fully emergency timetable running today (Tuesday, 12th) between Axminster and Exeter St Davids
Got there in the end, the day before normal service resumes!  Roll Eyes

Units available at Exeter, but SWR» (South Western Railway - about) apparently not implementing their emergency timetable today, so commuters into Exeter badly let down again!
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« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2024, 06:55:35 »

Landslip #2. Here we go again.

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What's Going On
Due to a landslip at Crewkerne all lines are blocked. Train services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

What We're Doing About It
We have been informed of a landslip at Crewkerne. This means that trains are unable to run between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction.

Passengers are advised not to try travelling between these stations.

Until further notice the following alterations will be necessary:
Trains between London Waterloo and Exeter will run between London Waterloo and Yeovil Junction in both directions

To assist you with your journey your ticket will be accepted, at no extra cost to yourself, on the following services:
Great Western Railway via any reasonable route

For further information or onward travel advice please speak to a member of staff or use a station help point.

We are very sorry for any delay that this may cause to your journey.

Once again it seems like SWR» (South Western Railway - about) haven't been able (or willing) to put on a shuttle service between Exeter and Axminster.
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« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2024, 18:03:13 »

Paul Clifton has posted a video on Twitter showing the landslip, which is on the southern(left) side of the tunnel
https://x.com/paulcliftonbbc/status/1743330277663871049?s=61&t=VlafMC5gF9tidw36b1Y8JQ
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« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2024, 18:47:10 »

Latest update from Network Rail Wessex:

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Works are progressing well and on track for a handback time of 2359, the ballast wall has been fully installed and the a rope access team is working to remove further material.

Plans are in place for the line to re-open with a 20mph ESR (Emergency Speed Restriction ), over an approximately 8 chain section, causing services to lose approximately 4 minutes per train on the single line.

Investigations ongoing regarding identifying a route proving train before the start of service tomorrow to run between Axminster to Yeovil.

Update to follow once works have been completed and handed back.
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« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2024, 06:43:21 »

The line has reopened as planned, with two trains thus far passing the landslip area. An ECS (Empty Coaching Stock) from Yeovil Junction to Axminster and 1L20, the 0509 from Exeter St Davids to Basingstoke. I've just boarded the latter at Templecombe.
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« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2024, 08:37:23 »

Interesting point from Paul Clifton;

https://x.com/PaulCliftonBBC/status/1743425281585512800?s=20
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« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2024, 08:53:19 »

I’d be very concerned about the entrance to this tunnel and the very vertical cutting leading up to it. It just doesn’t look good at all.
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