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Devon tramway back on track after Valentine's Day storm

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: March 23, 2014

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A Devon tramway devastated by recent storms is to open again on March 29

Against all the odds Seaton Tramway has overcome huge physical hurdles to repair its track in record time after the devastating storm on Valentine’s night which washed away half a mile of track and flooded the company’s Riverside Depot.

A concerted effort has been made by staff at the Tramway and contractors, Axminster Excavators, to get the track fully open again in time for daily service which starts on 29th March.

Parts of the damaged rail and track were salvaged and removed for diggers and rollers to access and level the site.

In total over 600 tonnes of fill and ballast were brought in by road and then transported along the line to the site of the damage, compacted and then the track relayed and packed on top.

Jenny went on to say that “it seems difficult to comprehend that, what the storm took away in a matter of hours, has taken six weeks to put back and even now work will continue after we re-open on Saturday to ensure the track can withstand any future incidents like this. Now we’re looking forward to getting back to the real job which is running a tramway and welcoming visitors from far and wide to take this unique trip along this much-loved route by the River Axe.”

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  • nick113  |  March 23 2014, 4:12PM

    Glad to see it's been repaired. It's a nice little line.

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