London, Tilbury & Southend Railway and its Locomotives
Running along the north bank of the River Thames and the Thames Estuary, from its London terminus at Fenchurch Street through to Southend-on-Sea and Shoeburyness, and the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway, with its associated routes, dominated the provision of railway transport in the part of south Essex that it served. The first section of the future LT&SR opened in 1854 and the route was gradually extended eastwards, reaching Southend two years later. Initially, the line was run on a 21-year lease by the contractors Peto, Brassey & Betts and it was not until the mid-1870s that the line gained its true independence, being reconstituted as the LT&SR. The success of the line, in particular in the growth of commuter traffic from the Essex coast into London, saw the construction of cut-off lines and of considerable expansion in capacity. The LT&SR was, however, to have but a short independent career, being subsumed within the Midland Railway's empire on 1 January 1912. The route, however, has continued to grow in importance and today virtually the entire network inherited by the MR in 1912 continues to see passenger traffic, carrying many thousands of commuters daily to and from their work in London.
Bob Essery, one of Britain's foremost and most respected railway historians, has been researching the history of the LT&SR for many years and in London, Tilbury & Southend Railway and its Locomotives he provides an invaluable summary of the line's origins, development, operations, locomotives and rolling stock. Drawing upon his years of research in the Public Record Office and at the National Railway Museum, the author has produced an overview of the history of this crucially important line. Handsomely illustrated with a wide range of both historic photographs and detailed line drawings, this book is a valuable account of the LTSR for both railway historians and modellers.
Hardback, 176 pages, many photos and drawings
Condition: Very Good
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