Five weeks have now passed since the series of storms destroyed parts of the sea wall at Dawlish together with the station platform.
Leaving home at 08.28 the Voyager service ran to Newton Abbot, where on arrival familiar faces greeted me as buses and drivers from Camborne depot were at the station on rail replacement duties. At Teignmouth repairs were being carried out to the track and to the sea wall, the footpath was completely closed off to Dawlish. At Dawlish work was being carried out on the station, rebuilding the down platform together with work on the canopies.
Moving onto Dawlish Warren and Starcross using the Rail Replacement buses, work was in hand on repairs to points, everything else was very quiet and the rails very rusty after five weeks lack of use. At Dawlish Warren the restored footbridge was inaccessable as fences closed off the bridge together with sea wall path from that point. Returning home by a Torridge Travel Coach from Exeter to Plymouth and then an unusual six car h.s.t. set to Penzance made an enjoyable day.