London and South Western Railway



Dates

  /  /1834[London and South Western Railway]
Authorised as the London and Southampton Railway, 77 miles in length.
  /  /1838[London and South Western Railway]
Terminus at Nine Elms (Battersea).
  /  /1839[London and South Western Railway]
London and Southampton Railway renamed the London and South Western Railway.
  /  /1840[London and South Western Railway]
Opened from London to Southampton. Stations on this section at: 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
14/02/1848~[London and South Western Railway]
Addlestone opened.
  /  /1855[London and South Western Railway]
Applies for more time to complete its Basingstoke to Andover line.
21/07/1856[Yeovil to Exeter Line] ([London and South Western Railway])
Act for Yeovil to Exeter Line passed.
19/07/1860[Yeovil to Exeter Line] ([London and South Western Railway])
Line opened.
08/05/1863[Chard Branch LSWR] ([London and South Western Railway])
Line opened.
  /  /1875[Somerset and Dorset Railway]
[London and South Western Railway] and [Midland Railway] take control of the line.
  /  /1880[Isle 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].
01/06/1887[Devon and Somerset Railway]
Link to the [London and South Western Railway] in Barnstaple opened.
  /  /1891[Didcot Newbury and Southampton Railway]
Junction made with the [London and South Western Railway] at Shawford south of Winchester.
01/01/1917[Chard Branch LSWR] ([London and South Western Railway])
Chard Town closed, trains diverted to Chard Central, the joint station.
08/03/1943[Didcot 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.
03/01/1951[Chard Branch LSWR] ([London and South Western Railway])
Line closed during fuel crisis.
07/05/1951[Chard Branch LSWR] ([London and South Western Railway])
Line re-opened.
02/05/1966[Chard Branch LSWR] ([London and South Western Railway])
Closed.
12/12/1988[London 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.