As a child growing up in the Midlands in the early days of the post-war Nationalised railway, I became familiar with both the former L.M.S. and G.W.R. lines but the former Southern Railway was very much a 'foreign railway' to me. Once I travelled on it, I was fascinated by the complexity of the network, the frequency of trains and the electric services - the 'juicers' - unknown at that time in my part of the country.
The Southern Railway had been created in 1923 by the government-directed grouping of railways into the 'Big Four' (L.M.S., G.W.R., L.N.E.R. and S.R.). The Southern Railway brought together the London Brighton and South Coast Railway, the South Eastern and Chatham Railway and the London and South Western Railway.
Upon Nationalisation in 1948, the Southern Region of British Railways absorbed the assets of the Southern Railway.
There are now a number of articles in this blog on the Southern Railway, its predecessors and successors, which are listed below.
Where a topic is split into two or more parts, links are normally provided between these parts, but note that unconnected posts may deal with a similar theme. I'm sorry if it appears confusing, but the Search Box (with the magnifying glass symbol) in the header can always be used to find posts including any particular word or phrase. From time-to-time, other topics may appear.
Origins of the Southern Railway: Part 1 - L.S.W.R. 17-Nov-2015
Origins of the Southern Railway: Part 2: L.B.S.C.R. 11-Oct-2016
Origins of the Southern Railway: Part 3 - S.E.C.R. 11-Oct-2016
Origins of the Southern Railway: Part 4 - Pre-Grouping Approaches to London
Waterloo Station, London 8-May-2013
Waterloo Station, London (Part 2) 17-Sep-2015
London Underground: The Waterloo & City Line 7-Oct-2015
Victoria Station, London 15-May-2013
Clapham Junction Station, London 20-May-2013
By Rail to Guildford 14-Aug-2015
Visiting former 'Southern' stations in London 26-Aug-2015
By Train to Surrey 31-Jan-2016
These are albums which include pictures taken in recent times showing former Southern Railway infrastructure:-
London: former 'Southern' lines.
London: Victoria Station.
London Cannon Street Station.
London Charing Cross Station.
London Bridge Station.