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The London & South Western Railway began life as the London & Southampton Railway, incorporated by an Act of 25 July 1834. The line, engineered by Francis Giles (17871847), more of a canal engineer than a railway engineer, who subsequently proved unsatisfactory and was replaced by Joseph Locke. The line opened in stages between 24 September 1838 and 11 May 1840. The name was changed to the London & South Western Railway, often shortened to the South Western Railway, in 1838. The arch-rival of the Great Western Railway for traffic to the south west, the London & South Western Railway grew to be the largest of the constituent companies of the Southern Railway at the Grouping of 1923.
L&SWR 2-4-0 No. 126 "Dane," designed by Joseph Beattie and built at Nine Elms Works in 1855. The locomotive is shown here in the original maroon London & South Western Railway livery
Dugald Drummond's T-9 "Greyhound" Class 4-4-0, with its handsome eight-wheeled tender, was perhaps the most successful of L&SWR locomotive designs. Preserved "Greyhound" No. 120 is shown here in Southern Railway olive green livery at Bodmin Central. Image Copyright Ashley Dace and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Official photograph of Urie's S-15 Class 4-6-0 locomotive No. 498. This design, which represented the ultimate culmination of L&SWR locomotive practice, formed a model for Maunsell's extremely successful "King Arthur" Class
Dugald Drummond's "M-7" Class 0-4-4T locomotives were ubiquitous on L&SWR branch lines. No. 245, built in 1897, has been preserved at the National Railway Museum at York, and is here shown in its original light green L&SWR livery. Image Copyright P. L. Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
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