1863

Railway accident on the 


L.B.S.C.R.


London Bridge 5th February 1863


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London Bridge 17th February 1863


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WEST LONDON EXTENSION RAILWAY

On the 2nd March 1863 the West London Extension Railway linked the West End and Crystal Palace with the London and North Western Railway.

Railway accident on the 


L.B.S.C.R.


London Victoria 4th March 1863


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Easter Monday 1863 within 2 hours 41 minutes nine trains taking 6,922 passengers left  
London Bridge bound for Brighton. During the following 2 hours 650 minutes a further seven trains taking another 5,170 passengers.


Railway accident on the 


L.B.S.C.R.



Streatham Common 29th May 1863

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DERAILMENT AT 


STREATHAM COMMON


29th MAY 1863


On 29th May, 1863, 'Craven West End Well Tank Loco' No. 131 was working the Victoria portion of the 5 p.m. Brighton express bunker foremost from East Croydon. About a quarter of a mile before Streatham Common station on the tight curve at the foot of the 1 in 126 bank the engine began oscillating so violently that it left the road. After running 224 yards along the ballast it fell on its right side and then turn upside down before stopping with wheels in the air. So far the damage was remarkably slight, but then the dome disintegrated with an explosion heard several miles away, which killed the driver and three passengers, and injured fifty-nine others. Before the accident the sixteen coaches forming the train had been extended for 112 yards, but when inspected afterwards they were all collected within half the distance, some being upright on the track, others on the ballast and a few on the adjoining track in addition to the normal complement of passengers, two companies of Grenadier Guards and their baggage made the train heavier than usual, probably about 200 tons.

MID SUSSEX LINE EXTENSION

On the 3rd August 1863 the line between Hardham Junction to Arundel Junction opened.

SOUTH LONDON LINE

On the 13th August 1863, the South London line from London Bridge to East Brixton was 
opened and extended to Battersea Park on the 1st May 1867. 


Littlehamptom (Lton) 1863-1937 

Littlehampton Locomotive Shed was opened on the 17th August 1863 by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway. The Littlehampton shed was located on the north side of 
Littlehampton station. The shed was a brick built 2 track straight dead-ended shed with a 
hipped style slate roof. The facility at the shed was to include a 42ft turntable and a water 
tank.  Littlehampton shed was a sub-depot of Bognor whilst the shed was open. The shed and the steam depot were closed with the electrification of Littlehampton in 1937. 

LYMINSTER SHED

The Lyminster Loco shed was closed in August 1863, by the L.B.S.C.R. as result of the opening of Littlehampton loco shed.

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Kensington 11th October 1863

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Three Bridges 18th October 1863

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WESTERLY GALES

NEW CROSS LOCO SHED

30th OCTOBER 1863


STEVE BRAY COLLECTION

Alfred Rosling Bennett, recalls 

“On the afternoon of October 30th 1863, while a terrific South Westerly gale was raging, I arrived at New Cross by the 4.15 West Croydon train from London Bridge. As my train entered New Cross I was amazed to perceive that one of the two big engine sheds was no longer visible and that in its place stood a crowd of men round a mass of sins lying on top of seven or eight locomotives (dead and injured are mentioned). The engines were battered, dented and covered with bricks, coke, slates and beams, but the worst injured was No. 111 which had been knocked off the line and lay partly in the ash pit over which it had been standing."

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