Sea breaches railway line, Dawlish

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the South Devon Railway line near Dawlish breached by the sea. Passengers have to negotiate a rocky path to continue their journey in a steam train. In the background is the rock known as the Parson. The SDR, designed by Brunel, opened in 1846. It runs parallel to the sea, protected by a sea wall, and has always been vulnerable to landslips and sea breaches. This particular incident took place in February 1855.