An HST rolls along the famous sea wall, past the old Coast Guards cottage. The HST125's have been largely replaced by the Class 800 /802 sets, outside of some 4 car HSTs for local SW services.
Waves lash at an HST. The waves can get considerably bigger here and in February 2014 took out part of the line. With the threat of storms and climate change a new & larger seawall was built.
GWR HST rolls along the sea wall. This section was destroyed by a storm in 2014 and rebuilt months later. There is talk reopening a route inland as this is the only line into the southwest.
A set of Pacers rolls along the repaired part of the sea wall. A storm in February 2014 destroyed this section. The pacers are set to be withdrawn.
The 909 trots over the Bush River as a jet skier heads in for the afternoon.
Dawlish! For years I have wanted to come here. We finally made it and after a spell of unsettled weather things improved. Here an HST 125 sweeps along Marine Parade.
First Great Western DMU departs Dawlish sliding past the old Coast Guard station. We got a lucky break on what was mostly an unsettled misty day.
The Class 143 DMU is among the most hated by Britons, for all intents a "bus" on rails. However in the years ahead these will be retired.
At Dawlish, a class 220 Voyager slides down the seawall as thunderstorms build in the distance.
DPU on Amtrak Surfliner No. 1761 to San Luis Obispo? Actually, its a helper unit from San Luis Obispo that brought Amtrak No. 774, the southbound Surfliner, From San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles. Po... (more)
E-646-007 heads for Messina, passing S. Giorgio.
A Coaster train heads north ahead of an impending storm.
"It never rains in southern California, but girl don't they warn ya. It pours, man, it pours."
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Along the Carpenteria Bluffs the northbound Guadalupe local climbs from beach level. From Ventura to the Bluffs the Coast Route follows the shoreline between the beach and the coast foothills.
Sunrise on a long southbound container train snaking along the Pacific east coast in a perfect harmony between high mountains and ocean.