Dawlish Dawdle Done in 60 min
Before Dawlish itself was settled, fishermen and salt makers came down from the higher ground where they lived, to take advantage of the natural resources available on the coast hereabouts. They built salterns to produce salt and stored it in sheds nearby. The unpredictable nature of the stream, Dawlish Water, during floods is likely to have led to nearby Teignmouth being the preferred site for salt-making, and the practice stopped at Dawlish during the Anglo-Saxon period (AD 400–1000).
Little of note happened at Dawlish until the end of the 18th century, when seaside locations on the south coast started to become popular with the wealthy, mainly caused by George III making Weymouth in Dorset his summer holiday residence from 1789.
Of course, the Great Western Railway brought fame and holidaymakers in (buckets and) spades. And it has been the collapse of the railway that has brought fbb into the town on a replacement coach from Exeter.
fbb's schedule allowed him a brief sixty minutes to look round. So, as usual, he went firstly to the Tourist Information Centre (complete with big shiny sign) to seek public transport information.
But this is (usually) a public transport blog, so back to the business in hand. Stagecoach operates the main bus services in the area and the company is aiming to "help those disadvantaged by the flood damage"; i.e. make special offers to try and lure people away from the trains, preferably permanently.
Then there is First's substitute waiting room at Dawlish Station (where access to the platfoms was utterly forbidden) ...
Geronimo (Mescalero-Chiricahua: Goyaałé "one who yawns"; June 1829 to February 17, 1909) was a prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. "Geronimo" was the name given to him during a battle with Mexican soldiers.
An all day breakfast ...
A few minutes wait, a chat with very nice man from First, and the coach arrived, 7 minutes late but with a better load of nearly a dozen brave folk. Here is a picture of the 1154 from Dawlish to Newton Abbot:-
Once again, there were plenty of First blokes and blokesses available to deal with one coach hourly in each direction; three (!) staff on the departing coach (one was going home off-shift), one of whom was actually checking tickets. Once again, departure screens in the station (No access to platforms!) ...
A Doddle to Dawdle to Dawlish 
will appear on Sunday
It was the one on the left. The one on the right was the last of the four holiday coaches to load.
And in case you're confused (fbb was!) "Hop2" used to be called "Go2".
Go. Hop. Skip. Jump. Gibber. Gibber.
Next bus/rail blog : Saturday 22nd February
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