London, Brighton & South Coast Railway : The Bennett Collection

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London, Brighton & South Coast Railway : The Bennett Collection

Klaus Marx

144 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with printed board covers.

ISBN13 : 9781899889617


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This volume, taking a look at the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway in the early years of the twentieth century, has been compiled mainly from the photographs taken by Henry and Walter Bennett of Hove. Neither were professional photographers but both had a good eye for an image plus a possible contact on the inside who let them know when a new locomotive was about to appear or of a specific event. Thus a number of their images are unique and many are reproduced here for the first time.

The photographs depict a glorious period in British railway history, some of which is recreated by the Bluebell Railway in Sussex to whose East Grinstead appeal all of the royalties from this volume are being donated.

London, Brighton & South Coast Railway : The Bennett Collection - Sample Images

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This was the scene northwards from ‘Bridge No. 640’. Wortha Mill Farm stands immediately to the right (the rear corner of just one building can be seen cloaked with ivy). The impressive rock outcrop, Brent Tor, which rises to 1,100ft above sea level and is surmounted by the small 13th century St Michael’s Church, stands barely a mile due west. The single line just visible on the extreme left, running at a slightly lower level, was the GWR’s Plymouth-Launceston Branch. This paralleled the SR tracks for more than four miles from Lydford to the northern outskirts of Tavistock. The narrow watercourse separating the two routes is the infant River Burn (a tributary of the River Tavy). Perhaps it was the two parallel systems which had attracted Norman here? If so, he failed to record the passage of a single GWR train and never paid a return visit.cover illustration

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