Railway accident on the 


Stoats Nest on 4th January 1847 


12th January 1847


The great snow storm on the evening of Tuesday 12th January 1847, the north eastern counties were visited by a tremendous snow storm for nearly 12 hours’ duration and the traffic on the London & Brighton Railway was stopped for much longer period. During the first few hours of the fall the up and down trains passed through the most with little difficulty, but after that time the line become wholly impossible, especially to this district, where the drifts from the hills into the cuttings were exceedingly great. It was the same with the old coach roads. Most of them blocked up, and the snow for miles around lies two to three feet in depth. So great has the fall been in the locality of the Balcombe parish that at 10.0 p.m. on Tuesday 27th January 1847, the station was found almost buried in snow. The first train from train from London in the evening that was stopped was the 5.0. p.m. express, containing a number of passengers, amongst who were Captain Hotham, Mr. Rowland Hill, and one 
or two of the Directors of the London & Brighton Railway. On arriving from London, the fall of the snow became so thick as to prevent the engine driver scarcely seeing the length of the train, and shortly it was brought to a standstill. The engine driver, the stoker and the guards got down, and with shovels and implements proceeded to clear the snow off the rails to some 
distance, thinking the great mass was confined to the cutting they were in. On the engine starting again it was brought to a dead stoppage at the end where the snow had been cleared. The men continued their labours as before, and vigour attempts were made to force the train, but were of trifling avail, as the wheels of the engine and the carriages were completely blocked with ice and snow.
There being no prospect of a passage being made through the snow as the snow was still falling heavily and had partly put out the fire, Mr Rowland Hill made known the unfortunate conditions of the train and passengers; and it being obvious that it so continued far sometime even it could be forward, the chilled passengers alighted from the carriages and returned to the station at Three Bridges, which, with a small inn adjacent is the only habitation for miles around. Here they remained the night, and in the morning returned to London. The exertions during the night to effect a passage that with the same result, one end of Balcombe tunnel being filled up with the drift. At an early hour four powerful engines arrived from town, accompanied by the company’s engineer, Mr. Hood, and these firmly coupled, started at a rapid pace in the hope of hope of cutting through the snow. This proved a failure, for the snow penetrated the fireboxes, the fires were extinguished and the engines rendered useless. As express was then forwarded back to London for the whole staff excavators the company’s employ. In due course of time a large army of “Navies” armed with spades and pick axes, and were immediately put to work. The company not having the benefit of the electric telegraph, and the old coach road, being like the line. Impossible for communications with Brighton and other parts down by the coast was consequently cut off. This continued until 4.0 p.m on Wednesday afternoon, last where the down line was sufficiently cleared to allow the passage of trains, but the up line still remained covered. Near to Brighton the railway is understood to have been in the same conditions, and that all trains on the previous night that left the metropolis were compel to return.

In 1847 the locomotive engineer and manufacture W.B. Adams  and R. Richardson pattered to the fish plate.



On the 15th March 1847 the line from Chichester to Havant opened and on the 14th June, the line was extended onto Portsmouth. The section between Havant to Portsmouth was jointly owned with the London and South Western Railway. The line from Portsmouth Town (High Level)  to Portsmouth Harbour was opened on the 2nd October 1876, where it become 

Portsmouth Town 1847-1891 

Portsmouth Town Locomotive shed was opened in c (14th June)1847 by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway in 1891 when it was relocated to nearby Fratton.


West Croydon to Epsom opened on 10 May 1847. The line was original going to an extension of the New Cross to Croydon (West) Atmospheric Railway.


Railway accident on the 


Nutbourne on 31st May 1847

Brighton on 4th July 1847

New Cross on 12th July 1847

Haywards Heath 1847-1872 

Haywards Heath Locomotive shed was opened on 1st October 1847 by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway. The shed was located on the East side of Haywards Heath station. 

The shed was a brick built two track straight dead-ended shed with a gable style slate roof and the facilities included a turntable, coal stage and a water tank. The shed closed in 1872 and converted for use as a goods shed.


On the 2nd October 1847 the line from Keymer Junction to Lewes and then on to Newhaven 8th December 1847.

Railway accident on the 


Keymer Junction on 11th October 1847 


Jenny Lind Class

Brighton Engine men with Brighton 

locomotive No. 65 Jenny Lind in c1847. 

Newhaven Harbour (N) 1847-1887 

Newhaven’s first Locomotive Shed was opened on 8th December 1847 by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway. This locomotive shed was located at Newhaven Harbour on the East side of the Harbour station. The shed was a brick built two track straight dead-ended shed with a 35 ft turntable. The shed was closed in 1887 with the opening of the new shed at Newhaven Town.


Sharps Single 

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