The long awaited official opening of The Brunel Trail, featuring the Dawlish - Dawlish Warren Coast Path has now been officially opened.
Specially made 'History Boards' have been erected at Lea Mount Park, Dawlish Viaduct, Coastguards Bridge, Rockstone Bridge and Dawlish Warren, providing details of local railway history. A fold-out A3 format booklet is also available free from many businesses and holiday attractions in the area.
The erection of the boards comes from the Brunel 200 events held last year with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Dawlish Community Trust 2007.
Each of the boards is different, the one located at the top of Lea Mound shows how Dawlish looked in the early years of the 19th century. The board at Dawlish Viaduct covers Brunel and his family, detailing his development of the South Devon Railway. At Coastguards Bridge the board looks at the development of transport in Dawlish and the original turnpike road through the town. At Rockstone Bridge the board details the men and materials used in the construction of the sea wall. At Dawlish Warren the boards have been erected by the footbridge over the line and detail the railway and its route dealing with its original operation by atmospheric pressure.
It is hoped that local and visiting thugs will leave these boards along and not damage them for the enjoyment of others.