British Railways Southern Region In Colour For The Modeller And Historian
Whilst the Southern Railway was the smallest of the 'Big Four railway companies at the Grouping in 1923. it was involved in a wide range of diverse operations, from the intensive electrified services in the London suburbs to the pick-up freights on remote lines in Devon and Cornwall. The Southern quickly evolved a distinct identity. It was for example. a pioneer in the use of concrete in the construction of stations and other buildings and was still expanding its network, through the construction of new routes, right up to the outbreak of World War 2, with lines such as that to Chessington South being added to the company's mileage prior to 1939.
Even after 1948, with the nationalisation of the railways. the Southern still maintained this identity. Whilst there was a gradual expansion of the electrified network, the Southern Region, using its own characteristic third-rail system and the singular designs of the Southern Railway's last Chief Mechanical Engineer. Oliver Bulleid, operated the final intensive regular express steam services in Britain up to July 1967.
The latest volume in this best-selling series brings together some 175 colour illustrations that provide the reader with a visual record of the Southern Region's individual identity in the years after Nationalisation. The photographs deal with more than just trains and locomotives: following the style of the series they go beyond these to explore details of the SR's infrastructure, the concrete stations and signalboxes, the green signage and the other elements that sustained the Region's individual identity.
Softback, 96 pages, colour photographs
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