The drawings in this collection cover subjects from the 1840s right up to the 1960s and include plenty from the pre-grouping SER, LC&DR, LSWR and LBSCR, as well as the Southern Railway and BR Southern Region.
To celebrate, here’s a selection of beautiful colour drawings by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway from the 1860s to 1900:
Part of a drawing of a composite carriage showing first class compartment. A tremendous amount of detail in the seat cushions, curtains and luggage racks has been included.
Part of drawing for LC&DR School Saloon. These unusual saloons had bench style seating running around the edge of the interior of the carriage.
Part of an unusual drawing from our collection of an Omnibus built by the SER for Seabrook Hotel. The Seabrook hotel was built by a company owned by Edward Watkin who was also the Chairman of the South Eastern Railway.
An unusual railway carriage – this is a horse drawn tram built for the opening of the Southsea Common Tramway in Portsmouth in 1865.
Part of the drawing for the LCDR’s Royal Saloon. The degree of detail the draughtsman has included demonstrates the pride in producing the drawing for such an important vehicle.
Part of a drawing of a LC&DR composite carriage from 1881. Here you can see the advantage of upgrading from second class to first class. The first class passengers (the left hand compartment) have the benefit of comfy seats with armrests and more importantly the use of a toilet.
You can find the collection catalogue on our website here. You can view any of the drawings in the collection by arranging a visit to Search Engine. You can also order copies via our copy service.