London and South Western Railway



Dates

  /  /1834London and South Western Railway
Authorised as the London and Southampton Railway, 77 miles in length.
  /  /1838London and South Western Railway
Terminus at Nine Elms (Battersea).
  /  /1839London and South Western Railway
London and Southampton Railway renamed the London and South Western Railway.
  /  /1840London and South Western Railway
Opened from London to Southampton. Stations on this section have included: Victoria, Battersea Park, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Malden, Berrylands, Surbiton, Esher, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, West Weybridge, Byfleet & New Haw, Woking, Brookwood, Farnborough, Fleet, Winchfield, Hook, Basingstoke, Micheldever, Winchester, Shawford, Eastleigh, Southampton Airport, Swaythling, St Denys, Southampton [1st].
14/02/1848~London and South Western Railway
Addlestone opened.
  /  /1855London and South Western Railway
Applies for more time to complete its Basingstoke to Andover line.
21/07/1856Yeovil to Exeter Line (London and South Western Railway)
Act for Yeovil to Exeter Line passed.
19/07/1860Yeovil to Exeter Line (London and South Western Railway)
Line opened.
08/05/1863Chard Branch (London and South Western Railway)
Line opened.
  /  /1875Somerset and Dorset Railway
London and South Western Railway and Midland Railway take control of the line.
  /  /1880Isle of Wight Railway
Due to poor connections from ferries at Ryde Pier the line was extended from Ryde Esplanade to Ryde Pier Head jointly by the London and South Western Railway and the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. This extension was to be used by the Isle of Wight Railway and the Isle of Wight Central Railway.
01/06/1887Devon and Somerset Railway
Link to the London and South Western Railway in Barnstaple opened.
  /  /1891Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Junction made with the London and South Western Railway at Shawford south of Winchester.
01/01/1917Chard Branch LSWR (London and South Western Railway)
Chard Town closed, trains diverted to Chard Central, the joint station.
08/03/1943Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Re-opened after doubling between Didcot and Newbury and lengthening of the loops on the Newbury to Winchester section. A new junction was put in at Worthy for direct access from the London and South Western Railway to the Newbury line, leaving Winchester Chesil on a loop.
03/01/1951Chard Branch LSWR (London and South Western Railway)
Line closed during fuel crisis.
07/05/1951Chard Branch LSWR (London and South Western Railway)
Line re-opened.
02/05/1966Chard Branch LSWR (London and South Western Railway)
Closed.
12/12/1988London and South Western Railway
Three trains are involved in crash at Clapham Junction killing 35 and injuring 500 due to a signal failure. Signaling engineers were found to be working exceptionally long hours in the area.