|BC413A||Great British Railways - Southern Railway||£20.00||Limited Availability|
|BC413A(1)||Great British Railways - Southern Railway, with alternative King Arthur Close, London SE15 postmark||£20.00||Limited Availability|
|BC413AS||Great British Railways - Southern Railway Signed by John Wigston GRA||£35.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 19/08/2010
Issue Name: Great British Railways - Southern Railway
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Celebrating Southern Railways this stunning cover features a specially commissioned painting by the notable John Wigston and features a specially designed Waterloo postmark depicting the original Southern Railways crest, and is available signed by the man himself.
Southern Railway was established in the 1923 grouping of the railways. The railway was particularly noted for its astute use of public relations and its sound management structure implemented by Sir Herbert Walker. At 2,186 miles the Southern Railway was the smallest of the “Big Four”. Unlike the other three the majority of Southern Railway’s revenue came from passenger services rather than freight, a lot of which came as a result of the prosperity of the cross-channel passenger crossings. There were two Chief Mechanical Engineers, Richard Maunsell held the position between 1923 and 1937, and Oliver Bulleid from 1937 to 1948.
Both men designed locomotives for the Southern Railway, which were to eventually replace much of the stock inherited in 1923.
The Second World War saw Southern Railway play a vital role in the war effort. Before hostilities, 75% of traffic was passenger, compared with 25% freight; during the war roughly the same number of passengers were carried, but freight grew to 60% of total traffic .
Southern Railway then went through a period of slow recovery in the late 1940s but the reality of the situation was that after the ravages of the war the British railway system was worn out. Under the Transport Act of 6th August 1947 the railway was nationalised and became the Southern Region of British Railways.
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Sir John Wigston is a member of the Guild of Railway Artists and has signed this lovely cover for us.