Damage to Dawlish Sea Wall
Overnight on March 1/2, Storm Emma punched a hole in fencing on the sea wall at Dawlish.
Network Rail said there was no structural damage sustained, but that 10-15 metres of fencing and associated coping stones were damaged. NR installed temporary fencing to protect the line, which reopened on March 3.
A substantial amount of ballast was washed away along a 150m length of railway, and this was replaced before the line reopened.
Dawlish station was also hit - wooden panels and handrails were washed onto the track, and a small section of platform was damaged. Water rose to platform height before subsiding.
The Dawlish sea wall at 0600 on March 1.