Related Web Sites

Last updated 13 May 2011, new or updated material marked by New


There are a number of Web sites which you may like to visit if you are interested in the history of LB&SCR or modelling it. Here are some of them.

Historical Resources

LB&SCR information

London & Brighton Railway
One of the two original companies that formed the LB&SCR in 1846.
London & Croydon Railway
One of the two original companies that formed the LB&SCR in 1846.
LB&SCR Shed allocations
Some details of where locos were allocated in 1896, 1911 and 1922
LB&SCR head signals
Some details of head code discs describing train routes in the early 20th century.
Technical Information of the London, Brighton & South Coast electric stock
LB&SCR Luggage Labels
A comprehensive survey of the different types of luggage labels produced by the LB&SCR.
LBSC telegraph codes
LBSC telegraphic codes for stations
LB&SCR signal details
Some details of LB&SCR signals
LB&SCR Police Force
Details of the LB&SCR Police Force
Magazine references to the LB&SCR
Index of various references in magazines to the LB&SCR
Mike's Index to Southern Railway Drawings and Articles
A comprehensive index of published drawings of a variety of LB&SCR (& other SR companies) rolling stock and buildings.
History of the Epsom Downs Branch
Early history of the branch 1865-1928.
New link Redhill Station
Includes some early view of Redhill station.
The Cranleigh Railway Line
Information on the Cranleigh railway line that ran between Guildford and Horsham, through Surrey & West Sussex, from 1865 to 1965.
Clayton Tunnel Accident, (1861)
Details of this fatal accident which lead to major improvements in railway safety.
Ouse Valley Railway
Good photographic coverage of the erstwhile Ouse Valley Railway.
Sussex Branch Lines - A Year 2000 Survey and Sussex Main Lines - A Year 2002 Survey
Review by John Blackwell of the Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society.
Newhaven to Dieppe services
Postcards and photographs of the Newhaven to Dieppe services of the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway
John Urpeth Rastrick
Rastrick (1780-1856) was the engineer for the London & Brighton Railway.
Devil's Dyke Railway/Aerial Cableway
Some information about the funicular and cableway at Devil's Dyke

Libraries & Record Offices

The National Railway Museum, York
Has a library and research facilities. Location of preserved Stroudley's “Terrier” Boxhill No.82 (1880) and Gladstone No.214 (1882).
British Library
Holds copies of almost all published books, leaflets and magazines in the UK. Now has its catalogue on-line.
The National Archives (formerly the Public Record Office)
On April 2 2003, the Public Record Office (PRO) and the Historical Manuscripts Commission (HMC) joined together to form a new organisation: The National Archives. To find out more about this go to the brand new home page. To find out more about the HMC go to their home page.
Holds records of Company information for all railways in the UK. LB&SCR material is found in its on-line catalogue under - Lettercode: “RAIL”, Class: “414”.
Useful leaflets include Railways: An Overview and Railways: Staff Records.
West Sussex Record Office
Holds records of interest related to the county West Sussex, including the Ronald Shephard & the Fletcher photograph collections. The record office staff have published a book on the railways of West Sussex and can give talks on the railways of the area.

Other resources

The Southern E-Group
Southern railway enthusiasts and modellers corresponding over the Internet.
Southern Railways Group
Study group for the Southern Railway.
They also produce 4 mm LBSC wagon buffers in white metal with steel heads.
The South Western Railway Circle
The historical society for the London & South Western Railway.
South Eastern & Chatham Railway
The historical society for the South Eastern and Chatham Railway and its two constituent railways (the London Chatham and Dover Railway and the South Eastern Railway).
The Historical Model Railway Society
A registered charity promoting accurate models based on historical research.
In particular they have an index of LB&SCR photographs and a collection of LB&SCR drawings available to members.
The O1 and Wainwright Interest Group
A site devoted to all things Wainwright, with the main focus being the O1 engine and its restoration.
The Signal Box Society
Excellent coverage of signal box design.
New link The Regency Society
The James S. Gray collection of photographs - includes some early views of the Craven era (See albums 18 & 31 in particular).
Disused Stations
A lot of useful information and photos of closed stations including many ex-LBSCR ones.
Maureen's Choice Books
Online shop run by Maureen Copping with many local history and industrial archaeology books by local Sussex Authors.

Preserved lines with LB&SCR interest

Bluebell Railway
A comprehensive site with lots of information about this preserved steam line in Mid-Sussex, together with details of their current activities. Location of:
Three LB&SCR locomotives:
“Terrier” Stepney No.55 (1875); “Terrier” Fenchurch No.72 (1872); E4 (0-6-2T) Birch Grove No.473 (1898).
Eight LB&SCR coaches.
Four wheelers: First No.661 (1880); Brake third No.676 (1875); Brake third No.949 (1881); Third No.328 (1890) (see also New link Resources page); and the very early Second No.35 (1856).
Six wheeler: Milk & Fruit Van No.270 (1908).
Bogie: First No.142 (1903); and 12-wheeled Directors' Saloon No.60 (1913).
Three LB&SCR wagons.
8T Box Van No.1590 (1908); 8T Box Van No.8196 (1913); 10T Open No.3346 (1914), High-Bar.
Spa Valley Railway
The Spa Valley Railway runs for 3 miles through the picturesque Kentish Weald countryside between the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and the village of Groombridge, stopping off in between at High Rocks.
The line includes the former LB&SCR engine shed at Tunbridge Wells West.
Lavender line
The Lavender Line is part of the former Lewes to Uckfield Railway. Isfield station has been restored to early Southern Railway colours and looks very much as it would have done in the 1920's and 30's.
The Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Preserved steam line on the Isle of Wight.
Location of two LB&SCR locomotives:
“Terriers”: Newport formerly LB&SCR Brighton No.40 (1878); and Freshwater formerly LB&SCR Newington No.46 (1877).
Location of four LB&SCR coaches.
Four wheel coach: 5-compartment third No.2343 (1896), originally second class.
Bogie coaches: 8-compartment third No.2403 (1903); 9-compartment third No.2416 (1916); and 5-compartment Brake third No.4168 (1922).
Location of six LB&SCR wagons.
Wagons: 10T Single Bolsters: No.59038 (1909), No.59043 (1907), No.59049 (1910), No.59045 (1911); 10T Van No.46924 (1922), ex-Cattle; and 10T Machinery Truck No.60579 (1923).
East Somerset Railway
Preserved steam in East Somerset. Location of the only preserved Stroudley E1 (0-6-0T) formerly Burgundy No.110 (1877). This loco is currently being restored
Kent & East Sussex Railway
Preserved "Colonel Stevens" railway on the Kent/Sussex border.
Location of three LB&SCR locomotives:
“Terriers”: Sutton No.10 formerly LB&SCR Whitechapel No.50 (1876); Bodiam No.3 formerly LB&SCR Poplar No.70 (1872); and Knowle No.8 formerly LB&SCR Knowle No.78 (1880)
Bressingham Steam and Gardens
Preserved Steam museum in Norfolk. Location of LB&SCR “Terrier” No.662, formerly Martello No.62 (1875)
Canadian Railway Museum
Location of LB&SCR “Terrier” Waddon No.54 (1876)


UK Heritage Railways
Preserved lines in the UK. Includes a database of the locations of preserved steam locomotives in the UK.
Preserved Steam Locomotive Database
This is a commercial database of all the preserved ex-main line standard gauge steam locomotives in the UK.
Preserved Southern Coaches
Lists all known preserved SR (& LB&SCR) coaches.
The Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey Project
A database of historic carriages that are still extant.

Model Railways

LB&SCR related model railways

Clarendon (Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society)
A P4 (4mm scale, 1:76.2 ratio) layout set in the London area, around 1908, served by trains from the L&NWR, GWR, L&SWR and LB&SCR.
Updated link Coombe Wharf (Frank Warren)
A P4 (4mm scale, 1:76.2 ratio) wharf set on the South Coast at the mouth of Ferring Rife. Built for the Scalefour Society's 18.83 challenge.
New link East Grinstead Town (Ian White)
An OO gauge (4mm scale, 1:76.2 ratio) layout based on the 1855 and 1866 stations at East Grinstead, designed to provide a stage on which to operate stock built between the 1840s and early 1900s
Ferring (Michael Ball)
A P4 (4mm scale, 1:76.2 ratio) double track branch line set on the South Coast in 1911. More photos.
Updated link Fittleworth (Phyllida & Nick Holliday)
A P4 (4mm scale, 1:76.2 ratio) single track branch line station in Mid-Sussex set around 1900. Built for the Scalefour Society's 18.83 challenge.
Hayling Island Railway Modelling Project (Chris Dadson)
A P4 (4mm scale, 1:76.2 ratio) layout accurately depicting the terminus of the former LB&SCR branch line that closed in 1963.
Mid-Sussex 18.83 Group
The Mid-Sussex 18.83 Group is a small group of friends, with a common interest in building and operating model railways to P4 (4mm scale, 1:76.2 ratio) standards. They have built a number of LB&SCR layouts over the years, including: West Chiltington; Pulborough; and their latest one, Brighton Road.
Updated link Rowfant Grange (Ian White)
An OO gauge (4mm scale, 1:76.2 ratio) layout based on Rowfant, designed to provide a stage on which to operate stock built between the 1840s and early 1900s
New link Scratch Built locomotives (Ian White)
Details of some of his scratchbuilt LB&SCR locomotives in OO gauge (4mm scale, 1:76.2 ratio).
Sheffield Park (Roger Marler)
An OO gauge (4mm scale, 1:76.2 ratio) layout of Sheffield Park built in Canada
Skeims Hill (Pete Wisdom)
An O gauge (7mm scale, 1:43.5 ratio) branch line terminus.
Wandle Valley Railway (Mike Watts)
A lovely S gauge model (3/16th inch scale, 1:64 ratio) of the LB&SCR set in the Victorian era. More photos.
West Wittering (Dave Searle)
A P4 (4mm scale, 1:76.2 ratio) model branch line terminus set on the Selsey peninsula, set around 1884.

Kit manufacturers with a strong LB&SCR interest

5&9 Models
Kits for models of very early LB&SCR prototypes.
ACE products
Kits for 7mm & 4mm scale models.
Kits for 4mm and 7mm scale models.
Updated link David Geen
A range of etched brass LB&SCR coaches, formerly supplied by Alan Gibson.
E.B. Models
A new range of etched brass locos, coaches & signal kits for the LB&SCR modeller.
Ian MacCormac Models
A blog of Ian's etching activities, including LBSCR number plates and coaches.
Laurie Griffin Miniatures
Kits for 7mm scale models.
Updated link LB&SCR transfers
4mm scale waterslide transfers for Stroudley liveried LB&SCR locomotives by Eric Gates & Ian White.
MSC Models
Kits for 7mm scale models.
A range of LB&SCR wagons, coaches & locomotives in whitemetal and etched brass (4mm & 7mm scales).
SE Finecast
A large range of whitemetal LB&SCR locomotives.
Severn Mill
A range of 7mm scale nameplates, numberplates, worksplates etc. including the LBSCR
Steam and Things
Kits for 4mm & 7mm scale models.

General model railway resources

The UK Model Railways Web Community
The Community of UK model railway clubs and societies.
2mm Scale Association
Fine scale modelling at 2mm to 1ft scale (1:152.4 ratio), 9.42mm gauge.
N Gauge Society
Modelling at 21/16mm to 1ft scale (1:148 ratio), 9mm gauge.
The Three Millimetre Society
Modelling at 3mm to 1ft scale (1:101.6 ratio), 12mm & 14.2mm gauge.
The British 1:87 Scale Society
Modelling at 3.5mm to 1ft scale (1:87 ratio), 16.5mm gauge.
The Double O Gauge Association
Modelling at 4mm to 1ft scale (1:76.2 ratio), 16.5mm gauge.
The E.M. Gauge Society Ltd.
Fine scale modelling at 4mm to 1ft scale (1:76.2 ratio), 18.2mm gauge.
Scalefour Society
Fine scale modelling at 4mm to 1ft scale (1:76.2 ratio), 18.83mm gauge.
S Scale Model Railway Society
Fine scale modelling at 3/16in to 1ft scale (1:64 ratio), 0.884in gauge.
Gauge O Guild
Modelling at 7mm to 1ft scale (1:43.5 ratio), 32mm gauge.

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