The London, Brighton & South Coast Railway - 3 Completion & Maturity
This account of the final years of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway forms the third lid concluding volume of John Howard Turner's detailed and fully documented history of one of Southern England's most important and best-loved networks.
Volume I dealt with the events leading up to the formation of the London. Brighton and South Coast Company in 1846. Volume II covered the period of great expansion of the system to 1869. Volume III describes the final construction and development of the network from 1870 to 1922, during which time there was an extensive widening and rebuilding of parts of the system from the 1890s onwards. One of the main features of this period was the electrification of the railway, and this is seen in its proper context as the means by which the train services could be improved to meet changed needs and so help to recover traffic lost to other means of transport at the turn of the century.
As in previous volumes, special attention is given to the routing of the lines - the reasons for their selection and the principal engineering features demanded for each line. Specially drawn maps indicate clearly the lines under discussion at each major period of development. and the photographic plates show many of the important constructions on those routes which are no longer extant. The review of signalling and train-working methods traced trough the two previous volumes is taken to its final conclusion.
With a comprehensive index to all three volumes this book completes a unique record of the London Brighton & South Coast Railway and will remain the primary source of reference for many years to come.
Hardback with dust jacket, 284 pages, 36 black & white plates, track layout diagrams, map in rear end-paper
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