Early-LBSCR web site


The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway was formed in 1846 by the amalgamation of the London & Croydon Railway and the London & Brighton Railway Companies, which had first operated trains in 1839 and 1840, respectively. The LB&SCR operated services from termini at London Bridge and later also Victoria, serving the south coast between Portsmouth in the west and Hastings to the east. They were a pioneer of commuter services to such an extent that in the 1860s they had more carriages per route mile of railway than any other, and by 1920 they were operating overhead electric services in the London area. By 1850 they had established locomotive and carriage works in Brighton. The locomotive works continued into the British Railways era, as did the carriage and wagon works which had been relocated to Lancing in 1912.  The company also operated ferry services, notably between Newhaven and Dieppe, through which large volumes of perishable goods were transported from the continent to London.



·    Models


Model makers wishing to depict the LB&SCR are well catered for by several small suppliers many of whom are members of The Brighton Circle, the company line society. Those suppliers can respond to members’ interests to produce a range of locomotive, carriage and wagon kits in small batches. Details of kits and other models are available from the Brighton Circle’s own LB&SCR web site. The broader interest of historical railway modelling is supported by the Historical Model Railway Society. HMRS own a substantial collection of engineering drawings, including the largest selection of original and copy drawings of LB&SCR rolling stock.



Rowfant Grange

East Grinstead Town (on loan to HMRS)

Hailsham Common (under construction)

Scratch Builds


Photo: Stroudley Belgravia Class based on a 4mm scale kit by E.B. Models (some parts by 5 and 9 Models); signals based on a mix of E.B. Models and Model Signal Engineering parts; brake Third is a Roxey Mouldings kit; layout is East Grinstead Town. Author Copyright.



 ·    For Brighton Circle members


 Extracted notes from archive sources (password on application)

 Waterslide Transfers for LB&SCR Models (with Eric Gates)

LB&SCR (Craven) 175-167 etc etched parts



·    Survey Projects on Bluebell Railway Carriages


The Bluebell Railway, the Spa Valley Railway and the Lavender Line all operate along former LB&SCR metals. Both the Bluebell Railway and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway operate LB&SCR carriages, and LB&SCR locomotives can be found at several other heritage railways such as the Kent and East Sussex Railway.







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Photo: Stroudley designed 4-compartment First class carriage at the Bluebell Railway. Author Copyright.


Contact Details


The site is owned by Ian White and Nicholas Pryor. Two LB&SCR model makers who are also the owners of the layouts described, as well as being members of both the Brighton Circle and HMRS.


E-mail: early_lbscr<at>btinternet<dot>com


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