Maunsell Era Train Formations
Amalgamation of several smaller railway companies, the largest of which were
the London & South Western Railway (LSWR), the
The railway was noted for its astute use of public relations and a coherent management structure headed by Sir Herbert Walker.
Between 1923 and 1937 Chief Mechanical Engineer Richard Maunsell designed new locomotives and rolling stock to replace much of that which was
inherited at the grouping. For an extended compendium of SR, please visit semgonline.com .
Most of the railway's 2390 locomotives were inherited from its constituent companies, but from 1924 Maunsell began standardising fleet of locomotives for
ease of maintenance ; The first locomotives constructed for the Southern Railway were to designs inherited from the pre-Grouping railway companies,
such as the N15 (King Arthur) class and H15 class, though both were modified by Maunsell from the original design. These were intended as interim
solutions to motive power problems, since several designs in operation on the Southern Railway were obsolete. The 1920s was the era of standardisation,
with ease of maintenance and repair key considerations in a successful locomotive design.
In 1926, the first of new Southern Railway designed and built locomotives emerged from Eastleigh works, the Maunsell Lord Nelson class, reputedly the
most powerful 4-6-
apart from the V "Schools" class 4-4-0 and various electric designs.
Coaching stock in the 30s
In this page we only analyze coaching sets arrangements and trains formations (steam hauled) satisfying the continental modeller who desires to see
simplified the complex and massive
structure of marshalling and numbering of locomotives and rolling stock
The SR inherited from constituents 7200 coaches, mostly non corridor and wooden-bodied ; about 1300 of these old coaches will be transformed
for the expanding new electric system of the Southern Section . In 1930, since grouping were built 1085 new corridor coaches, at the end of 1937
on the Southern metal were running 1320 new coaches divided in 135 sets and 820 “ loose”. Sets are (2 to 10) coach-formations built at the same
time and operating alone or together with other
sets, loose coaches, dining cars or
revenue came from passenger working rather than
freight. It created what was at that time the world's largest electrified
railway system south of
The majority of territory that the railway served surrounded the south west main lines between London, Southampton, Weymouth, Plymouth, Salisbury and
A further extension of SR were the lines
The system was divided into three sections : Western, Southern and Eastern .
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