Southern Branch Lines
The Southern Railway was unique: the smaller of the "Big Four", it did not suffer from lack of variety. The railway management had a strenuous electrification policy but steam hauled trains intermingled with electric ones and powerful, original locomotive designs were used. The Southern had modern electrified branch lines in the suburbs but old-fashioned steam worked lines in the country.
The Southern had branch lines which were under used, and lines that were packed with day trippers - the variety was enormous. Where else could the traveller find a station with a tea terrace on the roof, a sun lounge, and even a station that was open but had no trains? Every line was different: some had the most picturesque stations; some, the most modem; and some, the most decrepit.
Here is an updated account of this most fascinating of railways, the light railways, the oddities, with special locomotives, and the preserved pieces from the past. Today, the whole scene is changing, for more lines are being preserved and more lines are being electrified. The scene is one of constant change - for lines close, reopen, close, and change so quickly that the system never stays the same for any great length of time.
Hardback with dust jacket, 96 pages, black & white photographs
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