How the Steam Railways Came to Surrey
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Copyright © Rupert Matthews 2010
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Steam Comes to Surrey
Building the Main Lines
The Surrey Industrial Boom
The Leisure Lines
The Coming of the Commuters
The Great Wars
The End of an Era
When I was a boy I lived on the north facing hill outside Esher that overlooks the main line from London to Portsmouth and Southampton. It had been built in 1838 by the London and Southampton Railway, later to become the famous London and South Western Railway (LSWR). From our front garden you could see the trains thundering back and forth along the embankment that ran like a stripe across the landscape. By then, of course, the glory days of steam in Surrey were long gone. It was electric trains that raced back and forth. But the odd steam train did go by, the plume of smoke drifting up into the air to disperse over the landscape.