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.

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…
TS St Briac – Past and Present

TS St Briac – Past and Present

TS St Briac Ex HMS St Briac, St Briac Steel twin screw turbine ship, built and engined by Denny’s of…
TS Brittany – Past and Present

TS Brittany – Past and Present

TS Alandsfarjan, ex Brittany, HMS Brittany, Brittany - Steel twin screw steam turbine vessel built in 1933 by William Denny…
TS Paris (IV) – Past and Present

TS Paris (IV) – Past and Present

TS Paris (IV), ex Hospital Carrier 32, Paris - Steel twin screw turbine vessel built in 1913 (Yard No 973)…
TS Brighton (V) – Past and Present

TS Brighton (V) – Past and Present

TS Brighton (V), ex Hospital Ship No 31, Brighton - Steel twin screw turbine vessel built in 1928 at Denny’s…
TS St Helier – Past and Present

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…
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…
TS Isle of Jersey – Past and Present

TS Isle of Jersey – Past and Present

TS Libda, ex Isle of Jersey, Hospital Ship 3, Isle of Jersey - Steel twin screw turbine vessel, built in…
TS Isle of Sark – Past and Present

TS Isle of Sark – Past and Present

TS Isle of Sark, ex HMS Isle of Sark, Isle of Sark - Steel twin screw turbine vessel, built in…
TS Engadine – Past and Present

TS Engadine – Past and Present

TS Engadine - Triple screw turbine steamer, built by Denny’s of Dumbarton (Yard number 955) for the South Eastern and…
Ts Fratton – Past and Present

Ts Fratton – Past and Present

TS Fratton - ex HMS Fratton, Fratton - Steel twin screw steamer, built and engined by D. & W. Henderson,…
Ts Whitstable – Past and Present

Ts Whitstable – Past and Present

Ts Whitstable - Steel twin screw steamer, built and engined by D. & W. Henderson, Glasgow, in 1925 (Yard No…
TS Haslemere – Past and Present

TS Haslemere – Past and Present

Ts Haslemere - ex HMS Haslemere, Haslemere - Steel twin screw steamer, built and engined by D. & W. Henderson,…
TS Worthing – Past and Present

TS Worthing – Past and Present

TS Phryni, ex Worthing, HMS Brigadier, HMS Worthing, Hospital Ship No 30, Worthing - Steel twin screw turbine vessel built…
TS Hythe (II) – Past and Present

TS Hythe (II) – Past and Present

TS Hythe (II) - Steel twin screw steamer, built and engined by D. & W. Henderson, Glasgow, in 1925 (Yard…
The Night Ferry – Shipping Timeline

The Night Ferry – Shipping Timeline

Introduced on the night of the 14th-15th October 1936, the Night Ferry was an international sleeper train operating between London Victoria and Paris Gare du Nord. In…
Ts Deal (II) – Past and Present

Ts Deal (II) – Past and Present

Ts DEAL ex H.M.S. DEAL, Deal Roy Thornton Collection  Steel twin screw steamer, built and engined by D. & W.…
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