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Trains cancelled on South Devon Railway after landslip

  • 28 December 2013
  • From the section Devon
South Devon Railway landslip
Staff hope to clear the debris and repair the line before February half-term

Almost 30 services have been cancelled on a heritage railway line after a "significant" landslip.

Two large trees and tonnes of rock, silt and spoil have been brought down onto the track at the South Devon Railway (SDR) between Buckfastleigh and Totnes, said general manager Dick Wood.

The services over the festive period would normally transport between 3,000 and 4,000 people, he added.

SDR is one of Britain's oldest heritage steam railways, having opened in 1969.

Mr Wood said the repairs would involve "a lot of work" and the financial impact would be "significant".

He said the railway had received "lots of messages of goodwill and physical and financial help".

Staff hope to clear the debris and repair the line before February half-term.

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