Locomotives of the SR Volume 3


Three PDF files for your personal use. Each page carries a small RCTS logo.


A definitive locomotive history, such as the 11-part Locomotives of the Southern Railway, deserves to be readily accessible.  Several parts of this masterwork by D. L. Bradley were revised by the author up to 1985 but all have been out of print for many years.  The series differs from the Railway Correspondence & Travel Society’s other locomotive histories by also covering the five main antecedent companies of the Southern Railway at the time of grouping in 1923.

In reissuing these books as facsimiles, the RCTS seeks to present them to a new audience.  Later work by others has improved upon certain sections but, taken as a whole, the four volumes remain the premier reference source for the Southern Railway’s locomotive fleet.

A facsimile is not able to match the production standards of a modern original, but we have done our best.  The text has been whitened, blemishes removed, and half-tone images processed into pixels.

A foreword by Rev. Canon Brian Arman – President of the RCTS – is included.

This is Volume 3 – South West.

The contents are:

  • Locomotives of the LSWR Part 1 (1965)
  • Locomotives of the LSWR Part 2 (1967)
  • A Locomotive History of Railways of the Isle of Wight (1982)
  • Supplement to IoW book (1998)

The contents of Volume 1 are:

  • Locomotives of the South Eastern Railway (Revised Edition 1985)
  • Locomotives of the London, Chatham & Dover Railway (Revised Edition 1979)
  • Locomotives of the South East & Chatham Railway (Revised Edition 1980)

Note: The SE&CR was created in 1899 as a joint management committee to operate the SER and LC&DR networks, without a formal merger being effected.

The contents of Volume 2 are:

  • Locomotives of the LB&SCR Part 1 (1969)
  • Locomotives of the LB&SCR Part 2 (1972)
  • Locomotives of the LB&SCR Part 3 (1974)

The contents of Volume 4 are:

  • Locomotives of the Southern Railway Part 1 (1975)
  • Locomotives of the Southern Railway Part 2 (1976)
  • History of SR locomotives to 1938 · A paper read by Mr C.S.Cocks, M.I.Loco.E before The Institution of Locomotive Engineers on 17th November 1948. Published by RCTS (1948)

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