Posts Tagged ‘carriage print’

The London and South Western Railway

March 21, 2016

As a kid I lived in the south east of England. Of course, back then our railways were nationalised but the stock we saw reflected history. I was accustomed to seeing locos built by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway which had ceased to exist some 25 years before I was born. I lived on what had been that company’s network so no wonder it was always my favourite old company – the one I deemed built the best locos and had the class coaches.

But the London and South Western Railway ran it a close second. That company had much longer main lines and needed big, powerful locos. These had not survived on the old Brighton network for the main lines had all been electrified.

Given a free choice of railway memorabilia to own, I’d always pick a Brighton item. But sometimes things just come your way and this carriage print showing a map of the old London and South Western system was something my sister had (probably hoping to sell) and I have inherited it,


We can pick out that main line down to Exeter which looks so straight on the map and from there to the west we have the line that curves round Dartmoor to Plymouth. Had that line not been closed the sea wall being washed away on the ‘other’ line at Dawlish would not have been quite so disastrous. Lines also head off to the North Devon and Cornish coast.

There are a couple of inserts to show more detail.

image004Lines around the Solent and near Plymouth.

image006I don’t know much about this map but I assume it dates from before 1923 so it is more than 90 years old. I do know that Bude didn’t join the rail network until 1898 so that gives the map a 25 year window.

Millers Dale

December 5, 2015

Travel in 1905 and 2008

We’ll start with one of those railway carriage prints and it depicts, as the name implies, travel back in 1905.

What we see here is a Midland compound loco on a Manchester express near Millers Dale in Derbyshire. The loco was said to be new back then. It still exists for it became a part of the nationally preserved collection of locos.

The print does not date from 1905. It was issued in 1951 by the London Midland region of British Railways. The original art work was by Hamilton Ellis and was part of a series of ‘travel in’ prints used.

I reckon this particular copy has suffered fading. The loco and carriages ought to be in a crimson colour. If you search for this item on the web you’ll see what it would have looked like when new. But I rather like the more subdued colours here.

Sadly, the old Midland Railway route to Manchester was closed in 1968. Parts of it have been restored as heritage lines and much of the area in Derbyshire is now a footpath – the Monsal Trail.

Back in 2008 we walked some of this including a stretch at Millers Dale.


That scene, taken from the track, could be very close to where Hamilton Ellis set his scene.

This is Millers Dale station with a platform edge, the remains of buildings some being used by builders, but no tracks and no trains.