Dawlish Warren railway station

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Dawlish Warren National Rail
Dawlish Warren 2007.jpg
PlaceDawlish Warren
Local authorityTeignbridge
Coordinates50°35′58″N 3°26′37″W / 50.5994°N 3.4437°W / 50.5994; -3.4437Coordinates: 50°35′58″N 3°26′37″W / 50.5994°N 3.4437°W / 50.5994; -3.4437
Grid referenceSX979787
Station codeDWW
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.139 million
2014/15Increase 0.157 million
2015/16Increase 0.166 million
2016/17Increase 0.182 million
2017/18Increase 0.188 million
Original companyGreat Western Railway
1905Opened as 'Warren Halt'
1911Renamed 'Dawlish Warren'
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dawlish Warren from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Dawlish Warren railway station serves the seaside resort and holiday camps of Dawlish Warren in Devon, England, at the mouth of the River Exe. The station is on the Exeter to Plymouth line, 10 miles 42 chains (16.9 km) down the line from Exeter St Davids and 204 miles 34 chains (329.0 km) measured from London Paddington via Bristol Temple Meads.

From here to Teignmouth the railway runs along the Sea Wall.


The first footbridge, built in 1873

No station was provided between Starcross and Dawlish until the summer of 1905 when Warren Halt was opened by the Great Western Railway.[1] This was not on the site of the present station, but nearer to the Sea Wall by the footbridge which had been built across the line in 1873.

The original 150 feet (46 m) long platforms were lengthened to 400 feet (120 m) for the next summer to allow longer trains to call. From 1 July 1907 the station was provided with offices and staff and was therefore renamed Warren Platform. It received its final name of "Dawlish Warren" on 1 October 1911.

Work soon started on a new station. A goods yard was opened on 10 June 1912 on the landward side of the line, and the new station, now 440 yards (400 m) nearer to Starcross, was opened to passengers on 23 September 1912. The platforms were now 600 feet (180 m) long. The building on the 'Down' platform (nearest the beach) was destroyed by fire on 9 January 1924.

Modern Camping coach Bristol

In 1935 a camp coach was stationed in the goods yard which could be rented by holiday makers but the facility was withdrawn in 1940. Camp coaches were reintroduced in 1952, and by 1959 there were nine coaches stationed here. After 1964 the public camp coach service was withdrawn but the coaches at Dawlish Warren continued to be managed by the British Rail Staff Association for its members. The old coaches were replaced for the 1982 season by the current vehicles, since when the connection to the goods yard has been removed.

The Great Western Railway was nationalised into British Railways on 1 January 1948. Goods traffic was withdrawn on 5 August 1967 and on 3 May 1971 the station became unstaffed.[2] From 1974 to 1984 the buildings on the Up side housed the Dawlish Warren Railway Museum with its model railway. This building too burnt down in 2003, but in 2007 a new residential building was built on the site which is outwardly the same design as the former Dawlish Warren signal box. This had been located at the north end of the 'Down' platform until made redundant on 14 November 1986 by the West of England resignalling; it was demolished in May 1990.


There are four tracks through the station with platforms on the outer pair which allows fast trains to overtake trains stopped at the station. Trains towards Dawlish use the platform nearest the beach, which is only a few yards away.

The station has step-free access to both platforms. A narrow and low bridge beneath the line immediately south of the station allows access between the platforms.

Behind the platform used by trains towards Paignton is a golf course and the salt marsh and dunes that make up the Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve.


A First Great Western service to Paignton
First Great Western Intercity 125 passing through.

Dawlish Warren is served by Great Western Railway trains in both directions on an approximately hourly basis during the day. Most trains run between Exmouth and Paignton; on Sundays the service is less frequent and most trains only run between Exeter St Davids and Paignton.[3] The route from Exeter St Davids through Dawlish Warren to Paignton is marketed as the "Riviera Line".

A few trains run between Bristol & Plymouth & points west, otherwise passengers travelling east or north change into main line trains at Exeter St Davids or at Newton Abbot if travelling westwards. The outside lines can accommodate an eight-carriage Great Western Railway service, but only selected doors are able to open due to the short platform.

CrossCountry trains between the north east and south west pass through Dawlish Warren without stopping, except for 2 northbound services in the morning and 1 southbound service in the afternoon on summer Saturdays only as of the May 2015 timetable.

During the weekday timetable, only one direct train from London Paddington calls at Dawlish Warren. This service is the 17:33 London Paddington to Paignton service calling at Dawlish Warren at 20:38. On Summer Saturdays there are three direct services from London Paddington to Paignton calling at Dawlish Warren with three return services. On Sundays there are no services to/from London, passengers to/from London have to change at Exeter St Davids.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Starcross   Great Western Railway
Riviera Line


  1. ^ Kay, Peter (1991). Exeter - Newton Abbot: A Railway History. Sheffield: Platform 5 Publishing. ISBN 1-872524-42-7.
  2. ^ Oakley, Mike (2007). Devon Railway Stations. Wimbourne: The Dovecote Press. ISBN 978-1-904349-55-6.
  3. ^ Table 135 National Rail timetable, May 2016

Further reading[edit]

  • Beck, Keith; Copsey, John (1990). The Great Western in South Devon. Didcot: Wild Swan Publication. ISBN 0-906867-90-8.
  • Cooke, RA (1984). Track Layout Diagrams of the GWR and BR WR, Section 14: South Devon. Harwell: RA Cooke.
  • Gregory, R H (1982). The South Devon Railway. Salisbury: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-286-2.

External links[edit]

This station offers access to the South West Coast Path
Distance to path 50 yards (46 m)
Next station anticlockwise Starcross 2 miles (3.2 km)
Next station clockwise Dawlish 1.75 miles (2.8 km)