Southern Railway Publicity


Most of the Southern Railway Publications refered to its home area, Southern England from Kent in the east to the eastern edge of Cornwall. At a time when the normal method travel was by train the Southern Railway still produced vast amounts of publicity to promote its holiday services to the sunshine coast, its ability to bring you to London from your suburban home or take you out for the day.

Southern Homes - persuading you to live in suburbia and commute to work.

From the 4th edition these books were published to coincide with the eletrification of various lines. City Men was different in that in tried to persuade you to buy property on the Brighton line prior to electrification and prior to property price rises. (Much of its content was copied into Southern Homes).

Homes LBSCR Homes LBSCR Residential Quarterly Homes in the Southwest


Along the Electric Way Country at London's Door Country Homes at London's Door Homes - City Men
1926 3rd edition
probably 1929
Homes Homes - Conquerors Coast Homes - Kentish Hills Homes - Kent
4th edition
probably 1933
1935 1935 1936
Homes - Surrey and Hampshire Homes - Sussex Homes - Kent  
1937 1938 1939  

Pastimes - Fishing and Yachting

Just one Southern fishing title is known though editions are known with differing prices so it was obviously reprinted. Yachting on the Sunshine Coast gives details of yacht clubs in the Southern Railway area.

Fishing in the South Yachting on the Sunshine Coast    
probably 1935


Golfing in Southern England ran to at least 12 editions while only one edition of each of Golf in the South and Some Friendly Fairways was produced.

Golf in the South Some Friendly Fairways A Golfers Guide to the Garden of England Golfing in Southern England
1935 Probably 1929 1924 1925
Golfing in Southern England Golfing in Southern England Golfing in Southern England Golfing in Southern England
1926 10th edition
11th edition
12th edition
December 1931

Outings - in groups or on your own

The party outing books gave details of places, served by the Southern Railway, that organisers could take parties of people. The variously titled rambles books gave routes for walks from stations. Most books detailed walks close to London except for Let's Get Out Here and Walks in North Devon which dealt with West Country walking.

Picnic and Pleasure Parties Picnic and Pleasure Parties Party Outings Party Outings
LBSCR handbill
1930 1935 1936
Party Outings Party Outings Party Outings Party Outings
1937 1938 1951
Railway Executive
Surrey Hills South Downs Roadmenders Country Rambles in Sussex
Southern Rambles Walking At Weekends Lets Get Out Here Walks in North Devon
5 editions
with same cover
1935 1937 1938
Hills of the South Southern Rambles Southern Rambles - Kent Winter Walks in Surrey & Kent
1939 1947 & 1948

Southern Schools - where to send your children to school.

First published in 1930, with three editions a year to correspond with the school terms. Later published annually until 1939. 17 editions were produced.

Southern Schools <02> Southern Schools <06> Southern Schools <07> Southern Schools <12>
2nd edition 6th edition 7th edition 12th edition
Southern Schools <13> Southern Schools <14> Southern Schools <15> Southern Schools <16>
13th edition 14th edition 15th edition 16th edition
Southern Schools <17>      
17th edition      

Freight Traffic

Books advertising the Southern Railway Road Freight

Railhead Distribution Railhead Distribution    
1931 1933