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Dawlish c. 1870. In the distance is the orginal train-shed with a passenger train headed by a South Devon saddle tank standing at the station. The Italianate chimney of the former Brunel atmospheric pumping station can be seen behind the station
Gauge conversion at Dawlish. Here the last down broad gauge "Cornishman" crossed with the last up "Cornishman" and the passengers joined hands across the six-foot and sang "Auld Lang Syne." Here also a GWR employee brought in to convert the gauge found he simply could not bring himself to do it, and instead committed suicide by throwing himself into the sea.
Down goods train at Dawlish behind South Devon 0-6-0ST, circa 1880
Landslip near Parson's Tunnel, Dawlish, 29 December 1852
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