Southern Railway


The Southern Railway (SR) was a British railway company established in the 1923. It linked London with the Channel ports, South West England, South coast resorts and Kent. The railway was formed by the amalgamation of several smaller railway companies, the largest of which were the London & South Western Railway (LSWR), the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) and the South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SE&CR). The Southern Railway inherited a number of ships from its constituent companies, some of which were converted to car ferries when this mode of transport became more common. Such conversions were needed on the French routes, where holidays by car were beginning to become popular. Services to the Channel Islands began in 1924, along with services to Brittany in 1933 and finally Normandy commencing just prior to nationalisation in 1947. The Southern Railway was nationalised in 1948, becoming the Southern Region of British Railways and all shipping activities were eventually brought under the Sealink umbrella.

Southern Railway Archive

PMV Farringford - Past and Present

PMV Farringford – Past and Present

PMV Farringford – Steel double ended diesel-electric paddle vessel built in 1947 at Wm Denny & Bros Ltd., Dumbarton (Yard No. 1402) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

 Roy Thornton Collection

TS Brittany – Past and Present

TS Alandsfarjan, ex Brittany, HMS Brittany, Brittany – Steel twin screw steam turbine vessel built in 1933 by William Denny & Bros Ltd, Dumbarton, (Yard No 1261) as a passenger and cargo vessel for Southern Railways Co, London, England.

© National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library

TS St Helier – Past and Present

TS St Helier, ex HMS St Helier, St Helier – Steel twin screw turbine vessel, built in 1925 by John Brown & Company Ltd., Clydebank (Yard No. 510), for the Great Western Railway (British Railways).

TS Isle of Guernsey - Past and Present

TS Isle of Guernsey – Past and Present

Ts Isle of Guernsey, ex HMS Isle of Guernsey, Hospital Carrier No 26, Isle of Guernsey – Steel twin screw turbine vessel, built in 1930 by Wm Denny & Bros, Dumbarton, (Yard No 1233), for Southern Railways as a passenger and cargo vessel