BRITISH RAILWAYS 1920 - 1970

 

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LIGHT RAILWAYS: standard gauge

Light railways were built with economy in view and to lower engineering standards than others. The following serves as a check list of those companies that were established by means of a Light Railway Order. The independent lines are detailed in two other sections.

INDEPENDENT LINES

Those managed by Colonel H.F. Stephens:

East Kent (E.K.R.)

Kent & East Sussex Light (K.E.S.R.)

Selsey Tramway (West Sussex) Light

Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light

Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Light (W.C. & P.R.)

Others:

Barrington Light

Bideford, Westward Ho! & Appledore Light

Bishop's Castle

Corringham Light

Derwent Valley Light

Easingwold Light

Harrington & Lowca Light

Nidd Valley Light

North Sunderland Light

South Shields, Marsden & Whitburn Colliery Light

Spurn Head Light

Stocksbridge

Swansea & Mumbles Light

Wantage Tramway

West Somerset

 

THOSE OWNED OR WORKED BY MAIN RAILWAY COMPANIES:

Amesbury & Military Camp Light (L.S.W.R.)

Avonmouth Light (purchased by G.W.R. and L.M.S. in 1927) (Holesworth J-Avonmouth works)

Axminster & Lyme Regis Light (L.S.W.R.)

Bankfoot Light (C.R.)

Barton & Immingham Light (G.C.)

Basingstoke & Alton Light (L.S.W.R.)

Brackenhill Light (abs. by L.N.E.R.) (Brackenhill J-Hemsworth colliery)

Brill Tramway (Met. R.)

Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley (B.P. & G.V.R.)

Cairn Valley (G. & S.W.R.) (Cairn Valley J-Moniaive, Dumfries)

Cleobury Mortimer & Ditton Priors Light (C.M.D.P.R.)

Culm Valley (G.W.R.) (Tiverton Junction-Hemyock, Devon)

Dornoch Light (worked by H.R., abs. by L.M.S.)

Elliott J & Carmyllie Light (N.B.R. & C.R. Jt)

Elsenham & Thaxted Light (G.E.R.)

Firbeck Light (South Yorkshire Joint Line Committee) (Harworth J-Firbeck colliery)

Fraserburgh & St Combs Light (G.N.S.R.)

Garstang & Knott End (G. & K.E.R.) (absorbed by L.M.S.)

Gifford & Garvald Light (leased by N.B.R., abs. by L.N.E.R.)

Goole & Marshland Light (Axholme Joint Railway) (worked by L.Y.R., later run by Joint Committee)

Grimsby & Immingham Light (G.C.)

Kelvedon, Tiptree & Tollesbury Pier Light (worked by G.E.R., abs. by L.N.E.R.)

Lambourn Valley (G.W.R.)

Lampeter, Aberayron & New Quay Light (abs. by G.W.R. in 1923)

Lauder Light (leased by N.B.R., abs. by L.N.E.R.)

Leadhills & Wanlockhead Light (C.R.)

Lee-on-Solent (worked by L.S.W.R., abs. by S.R.)

Liskeard & Caradon (abs. by G.W.R. in 1909)

Maidens & Dunure Light (G. & S.W.R.) (Alloway J-Girvan, Ayr)

Mid-Suffolk Light (M.S.L.R.) (absorbed by L.N.E.R.)

North Devon & Cornwall J Light (Halwill J-Torrington, Devon) (worked by S.R.)

North Lindsey Light (worked by G.C., abs. by L.N.E.R.) (Scunthorpe-Whitton, Lincs)

Plymouth, Devonport & South Western J Light (P.D.S.W.R.) (abs. by L.S.W.R. in 1922) (Bere Alston-Callington)

Sheppey Light (S.E.C.R.) (Queensborough-Leysdown, Kent)

Tanat Valley Light (abs. by Cam. R.in 1921) (near Oswestry-Llangynog, Montgomery)

Totton, Hythe & Fawley Light (S.R.)

Wick & Lybster Light (worked by H.R., abs. by L.M.S.)

Wisbech & Upwell Tramway (G.E.R.)

Wrington Vale Light (G.W.R.) (Congresbury-Blagdon, Somerset)

FREIGHT ONLY LINES

Edge Hill Light

Kingsnorth Light (S.E.C.R. & Admiralty)

Tickhill Light (G.N.) (Bawtry-Haxey, Lincs)

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