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Southern Railway Gallery (ePub)

A Pictorial Journey Through Time

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By John Scott-Morgan
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Railway Gallery
File Size: 32.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9781473855809
eBook Released: 14th November 2017

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Southern Railway Gallery is the first volume in a new series of picture books, designed to be of interest to railway historians and modellers. The series subjects are themed to include an interesting mixture of useful historic illustrations, depicting locomotives, rolling stock and infrastructure.

Southern Railway Gallery covers the history of the Southern Railway from its beginings in 1923, to nationalisation in 1948, covering most aspects of its fascinating history and operations. The book looks at aspects of the Southern from the early years in the early 1920s, when the company had old worn-out stock on many of its lines, through to the introduction of new modern rolling stock and the electrification of much of its network in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and parts of Hampshire.

The company operated an extensive rail and bus network on the Isle of Wight, which covered the whole island and is well remembered to this day.

Although the Southern introduced a number of modern new steam classes, its main goal was to electrify as much of the network as possible, however this did not preclude the company from introducing two classes of successful Pacific type locomotives in the 1940s.

The company owned and operated docks and harbours throughout its existence, having an extensive fleet of ferries and cargo vessels, some of which served with the Royal Navy in the Second World War as hospital ships. The Southern, also operated bus and road services, which covered many areas not served by a local railway station on the system.

The Southern Railway ceased to exist at midnight on 31 December 1947, after a remarkable existence of twenty-four years.

"This is a fascinating book, both for those of a certain age who remember steam trains and younger ones who look back in awe at an old world gone by in a puff of smoke and a whistle."

Islington Tribune, 11th January 2019

As th very title suggests, this photographic book certainly gives a fascinating glimpse of the Southern Railway in its heyday with many of the well produced photographs not previously published and, for this reason alone the book is a must for all Southern Railway devotee's.

Branch Lines & Light Railway Publications

A decent delve into the archives and high production values and informative captions add up to an all-round quality picture book worthy of a place on anyone's bookshelf.

Steam World, September 2018

Article: 'Capturing the golden era of the Southern' by Roger Malone as featured by

Western Daily Press, 8th May 2018

Article: 'Capturing the golden era of the Southern' featured as their Vintage spread

Western Morning News, 1st May 2018 - by Roger Malone

An interesting book and a fascinating visual archive.

Read the complete Spanish review here.

José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

About John Scott-Morgan

John Scott-Morgan has been writing about light railways for forty five years, he has written some of the definitive books on light railway subjects, including about the Colonel Stephens group of lines.


This volume covers the East Kent Railway, a line that was meant to open up the Kent Coal Field, which did not come up to the expectations of the promoters and investors.


John Scott-Morgan has written thirty eight books on railways over the last half a century, covering subjects as diverse as first generation diesel traction and main line subjects, such as the London Transport Red Panniers and Branch Lines in Kent, however its light railways that the author often returns to, as this is one of his main areas of research.


He lives in Woking in Surrey, where he continues with his writing and railway historical studies.

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