The UK began 2014 blighted by adverse weather conditions as various parts of the country were battered by heavy rain, strong winds and flooding.

Scenes across the likes of Somerset and Surrey were almost biblical as entire fields were engulfed with water forcing many people to abandon their homes as costs ran into the thousands. However, it was the nation's railways that became one of the defining pictures of the adverse weather.

The Exeter to Plymouth train line includes one of the most picturesque parts of the entire network as trains flank the Devonshire coast as they pass through Dawlish and onto Cornwall. While it is a striking sight to see, it does run the risk of being exposed during stormy weather. As the waves crashed into coastline, it caused significant damage to the sea wall.

Riviera Terrace in Dawlish, where trains pass through, had to be evacuated and a section of track was left completely suspended as the sea wall supporting the line had been completely washed away. It caused significant disruption to services that pass through the town and meant that replacement buses had to be established to deal with the amount of passengers left stranded.

It wasn't just the commuter lines that took a battering during the storms as a heritage line in Devon was also affected. Heritage Railway reports that Seaton Tramway was subjected to high tides, gale force winds and heavy rain during February and even suffered flooding from rising waters at the River Axe.

Speaking about the impact the weather has had, Jenny Nunn, managing director of Seaton Tramway, told the news provider: "When the shock of seeing what nature can do subsides, and you have taken stock of what an immense task is involved in putting things back together again, you start to think of the positive things you can do to overcome this."