Devon’s turn to experience bad rain last weekend

Tunnel on the Dawlish to Teignmouth line.

AN Arriva Cross Country engine broke down after its electrics failed between Dawlish and Teignmouth, Devon at about 9.30pm on Sunday September 13.

Passengers had to abandon the train after huge waves left it stranded on the coastal track that was destroyed by storms last year and which took several months to replace.

Rival rail company Great Western said its staff were asked to help passengers on the stranded train.

“While the majority of First Great Western services were able to continue running, there were delays to some trains while the Cross Country service was recovered,” it said in a statement.

Very heavy downpours also left four houses flooded in Dawlish. Firefighters were called in to pump out up to 30cm of water whilst drains overflowed in Okehampton, also in Devon resulting in the flooding of another house.

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