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London and Southampton Railway

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The London and Southampton Railway from London to Southampton, Hampshire was authorised on 25th July 1834.

It was opened thus:

  • Nine Elms - Vauxhall to Woking Common 19th May 1838 with a public opening 21st,
  • From there to Shapley Heath - Winchfield 24th September 1838,
  • From there to Basingstoke and the section from Winchester to Southampton 10 June 1839,
  • and completed by the section Basingstoke to Winchester 11 May 1840; the London end was extended to Waterloo 11 July 1848.

The powers for the line from Bishopstoke to Gosport authorised the company to bear its present name. It was opened on November 29th, 1841, but owing to the failure of a tunnel at Fareham it had to be temporarily closed four days later, to be re-opened on February 7th, 1842. [1]

The railway was renamed the London and South Western Railway (LSWR), 1839; became part of the Southern Railway (SR) from 1923; and part of British Railways, BR, from 1948.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1924/11/21