You might like to put the following web link on the CRS site for anyone interested in reading a very detailed report on how rising sea levels can be expected to threaten rail routes and services in coming years. The link is:
This is a lengthy scientific paper but it includes a great deal of data about past and likely future disruption to south west train services resulting from storm damage on the Dawlish-Teignmouth sea wall. (The railway press has given coverage to this report in current magazine editions and it was widely reported in the media generally).
We had an interesting talk on this subject a couple of years ago and this study fills in a great deal of the detail. It also reinforces the need for an alternative route - likely to be a new railway inland between Exeter and Newton Abbot but also perhaps strengthening the case for reinstatement between Okehampton and Tavistock. Network Rail, in a report in 2015, looked at future capacity requirements and concluded that, quite apart from the worries about storm damage, four tracks would be needed between Exeter and Newton Abbot by 2034. I would be 90 in that year....so I'm not guaranteed to see whether these reports will have been acted upon by then!
Kind regards, Derek Many thanks Derek
Very many thanks Roy.
The History of MIDDLEWAY This was believed to be built by the Cornwall Minerals Railway, in 1876. It worked with the original CMR box at St Blazey. Middleway was a fully- fledged signal box at that time. In 1908 the present St Blazey box was built and Middleway became a ground frame, controlling the gates and also 'slotting' the neighbouring St Blazey signals. Slotting meant that the signals were dual controlled, with the levers in both boxes reversed in order for the signal arm to be lowered. Technology improved, and in 1931 Middleway became a crossing keepers post, where the one remaining lever (out of the original 7) -the gate bolt -was released electronically by a lever in St Blazey box. Thus it remained until the next technological advance had the crossing controlled by CCTV from St Blazey.