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Trains running after landslip

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

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Rail services from the Westcountry up country resumed on Saturday after Network Rail reopened lines following a landslip.

The line was closed following the landslip on the Teignmouth-Dawlish section on Thursday.

Both tracks reopened at 5am on Saturday with a 20mph speed restriction towards London and 50mph from London.

Up to 1,500 tonnes of soil, which fell onto the track during the landslide, had to be cleared by workmen and loaded onto wagons.

By Friday evening 500 tonnes had already been cleared, allowing lines to re-open.

In a complicated operation, maintenance workers were able to give back control of the lines for ten minutes in each hour.

This allowed for the passage of a variety of freight and CrossCountry passenger services and a First Great Western high speed service.

They then retook control of the line for the freight train to return to site to load remaining empty wagons with spoil.

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