National lock-out of coal miners, causing widespread unemployment 

amongst Enginemen.

Passage of Railway Act, creating four main line railway groups.

Head Office moved to 9, Arkwright Road Hampstead London.

With the passing of the Railways Act of 1921, this would seeing the L.B.&S.C.R. becoming 

part of the Southern Railway on the 1st January 1923.

With the passing of the Railways Act of 1921, this would seeing the L.B.&S.C.R. becoming 
part of the Southern Railway on the 1st January 1923  The Southern Railway was made up of three other railway companies 

The London and South Western Railway (L.&S.W.R.).
The South Eastern and Chatham Railway (S.E.&C.R.)
The South Eastern Railway and The London, Chatham and Dover Railway (L.C.&D.R.) had 
a working and was known as the S.E.&C.R.in 1899.

These companies together with several small independently operated railways (which 
included the Selsey Railway) formed the new Southern Railway.

The Southern Railway also partly owned several joint lines which included the East London 
Line and the West London Extension Joint Railway




It is often  that matters affecting this Branch are reported in the Journal, but we feel that we ought to make a special note of two Open Meetings held on Sunday, April 24th, when Mr. Barton Wild, our Organising Secretary, paid us a welcome visit. We also expected Bro. J. Cordrey, E. C. member, but unfortunately he was not able to be with us. Bro. Wild very ably addressed the morning meeting for over an hour "The Past, Present, and Future of the A.S.L.E. & F." At the evening meeting Bro. Wild dealt with the methods Organisation, and took us back several hundred years, when workers at that time were enjoying the eight hours day, and had about a month holiday per year. Those who attended the meeting were very interested in Bro. Wild's address. We take this opportunity of thanking all our visitors who took the trouble to come to our meetings



Railway accidents on the 


Haywards Heath 5th September 1921

Patcham - Clayton Tunnel 5th September 1921


13th October 1921

Fireman John Newton (aged 24) whilst cleaning out the smoke box of his engine at Brighton. The coping rails of the bunker of another engine hit open the smoke box door, knocking Newton into the smoke box. The cause was due to the engine had been rebuilt with a larger boiler, the smoke box over hung the buffer face by slightly over 1 foot 4 inches.


In October 1921 the L.B.S.C.R announced that it hoped to open the Balham to West Croydon via Norbury section during 1922; to complete the 1913 suburban programme, with some additions.The opening to West Croydon was not achieved, partly because of the delays with the supply of electrical equipment. During 1922 the company placed new contracts for the West Croydon to Wallington and the Selhurst to Coulsdon (North) lines.

The Company also announced their plan to electrify the Brighton main line. This was to include the following lines:- Brighton and Worthing, Wivelsfield to Eastbourne and Brighton to Seaford.


18th November 1921

Coulsdon (?) engine driver Arthur Ernest Henry Dobb (aged 45) whilst in Coulsdon depot, he was getting a spanner from the toolbox on the bunker having seen engine driver Mann's engine come to rest. Mann then moved his engine again to clear the catch point and accidentally touched the engine, causing Dodd to fall between the two engines. Mann caused the accident by making a movement without first warning the men working on the other engine.

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