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Storm-ravaged private railways combine to deal with damage

By tobymeyjes  |  Posted: February 19, 2014


Damage to Seaton Tramway on Friday

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Two storm-ravaged private railways in Devon are helping one another to recover after suffering flooding, landslip and washout damage.

The Seaton Tramway was forced to curtail its planned operations for half-term after a serious washout of the track last Friday, while South Devon Railway reopened on Saturday following a major landslip over Christmas.

But in an enterprising move, the Seaton Tramway will move two trams by road to Colyton on Friday before operating a mini service from Colyton to Colyford from Saturday.

South Devon Railway has also volunteered manpower and equipment to help with the work at Seaton to restore the running lines and reinstate damaged overhead power lines.

A spokesman for both railways said: “With the Westcountry’s rail links already badly hit by the destruction of the seawall at Dawlish, plus flooding and other landslips elsewhere in the region, both the Seaton Tramway and South Devon Railway – which together carry over 200,000 people every year -- are determined that the weather will not beat them and are standing together in support of one another through the difficulties caused by the recent floods.”

For more information visit www.tram.co.uk or www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

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