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Signalling and Signal Boxes Along the LSWR Routes
Amberley

Signalling and Signal Boxes Along the LSWR Routes

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Over the course of three volumes, Allen Jackson uses an array of photographs to lavishly illustrate the story of signalling in the principal constituents of the Southern Rail region - focusing here on the London Brighton & South Coast Railway and Isle of Wight routes. The LSWR was quite different to the other southern railways in that it covered not only Home Counties suburban traffic, but also a long reach out to Cornwall in competition with the Great Western Railway. The destination of Plymouth was jointly reached with the GWR and this was to be the scene of a number of races between the two companies. Ocean liners would call at Plymouth to dispatch mail and bullion and passengers who needed to save half a day by alighting at Plymouth. Later on, trans-Atlantic traffic was centred on Southampton which meant that the LSWR, in the guise of the Southern Railway, finally won against the GWR. The LSWR section of the Southern Region of BR was the last to retain steam engine workings, until 1967 while the Waterloo-Bournemouth line was being electrified. This meant that semaphore signalling hung on a lot longer too. However, further modernisations and investment. The LSWR also suffered, in the BR era, in that some of it was hived off to the Western Region and former GWR staff in some cases, however this too produced unusual signalling solutions.

ISBN: 9781445669380

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