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We've had a mild temperature Winter but a load of storms in the UK. Here's a pic from my local newspaper showing the mainline seashore train track breach, a few miles from me, which has cut the SW of England off from the rest of the UK:

6 blog comments below

Looks like water found a weak spot.
standready on Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:43 am
Looks like a very "old" spot that could have leaned itself to a weakness. Wonder whether there are potentially more of those around? I often think about that too when I'm in the Underground in London, how VERY OLD the system is, and wondering whether it would last forever. It reminds me of Johannesburg and the very deep mines, and resulting in sink holes after many years of erosion. Pretty amazing the Underground is still going as strong as it is. Razz
deanhills on Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:12 am
So the wall went out and what was under the tracks was washed out too? Shocked How long would it take to fix something like that?
TheGremlyn on Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:35 am
It is old...really old. Isambard K Brunel designed/built the mainline through the SW of England in the 1840's!
Beautiful seaside route through the coastal cliffs in tunnels, and pretty beaches next to the track, but at risk of storms every year, the talk is of giving it up and running new track further inland now.
Repairs are (optimistically) looking at 6 weeks but it looks like bus/car/plane is the only way to London now for this corner of England for a while yet.
watersoul on Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:43 pm
The storms and flooding in southern England made the news across the pond today. They had aerial footage. What a mess. I will take my snow over that. Of course, if my snow melts too quickly, I could have that mess too. Here we are going to get above freezing over the weekend. Let the melt begin.
standready on Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:56 pm
I kind of noticed the mild weather comes during the weekend. Then Monday hits and it's freaking cold again!
TheGremlyn on Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:26 am

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