ATLAS OF THE SOUTHERN RAILWAY


ATLAS OF THE SOUTHERN RAILWAY

RICHARD HARMAN & GERRY NICHOLS    Book Number: 89982    Product format: Hardback

The Southern Railway existed from 1 January 1923 to 31 December 1947, when independent railways were nationalised as British Rail. The Southern was a link between London and the south-east, in particular the Channel ports, and this comprehensive book reproduces 118 maps and a gazetteer of all the stations, sidings, signal boxes, tunnels, level crossings, depots, bridges and military installations. Station maps appear in boxed insets. The maps are based on the track diagrams of the companies that amalgamated to form the Southern Railway in 1923. The first five maps offer an overview of the interlocking routes of a region, starting in the west with Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and concluding with London. The first local map covers Padstow and Bodmin, and like all the country areas it is relatively uncomplicated, though Bodmin has some branch lines including a GWR heritage railway. Bournemouth and Poole is a complex area, and in Portsmouth the layout includes the dockyard with its mass of interlocking local lines. One of the purposes of the book is to show changes over time, so Portsmouth Docks are shown in two versions, one of 1923 and the other 1947. In 1947 Portsmouth Town station has been renamed Portsmouth and Southsea and has lost its goods sheds, while nearby Fratton has been enlarged. Clapham Junction in London, one of the country's busiest stretches of line, is again mapped in its 1923 and 1947 layouts, showing a rationalisation of the goods sidings. The comprehensive index lists every station and includes its operating companies and any special features. An important resource for the railway historian and enthusiast. 22 x 30.4cm, 224pp, maps throughout, full gazetteer.
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