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London, Tilbury & Southend Railway BooksLondon, Tilbury & Southend Railway Books

There has been much written about the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway. Here are some of those books and publications.
Unfortunately, some of the titles listed below are now out of print, but there are 'rare and out-of-print bookshops' and specialist internet websites like AbeBooks.Com AddALL and BookFinder.Com that may be of help in obtaining copies. The internet auction website Ebay is also a useful resource. Some of these titles can also be found at Basildon and other local Libraries.
There are in addition a number of Videos/DVDs available, details of which can be found at the bottom of this page.
The ISBN (International Standard Book Number), where known, is listed amongst the book details for each entry.


Title:
The London, Tilbury and Southend Locomotives
Subtitle: Past and Present, 1880 - 1946
Author:
C. Langley Aldrich
Copyright:
©December 1946
ISBN:
None
Publisher:
E.V. Aldrich
Dimensions:
(H) 8¾" x (W) 5½" (223 x 142mm). Softback in card covers.
Description:
The Langloco Series Item 2. New edition with 48 pages and 19 black and white photographs. Originally published in July 1945 with 39 pages and subtitled Past and present, 1880 - 1944.

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The London, Tilbury and Southend Railway
Author:
H.D. Welch
Copyright:
©February 1951 (Revised April 1963)
ISBN:
None
Publisher:
The Oakwood Press
Dimensions:
(H) 7¼" x (W) 5" (183 x 125mm). (1951 edition).
(H) 8½" x (W) 5½" (215 x 140mm). (1963 edition). Softback in card covers.
Description:
The Oakwood Library of Railway History No. 8. 38 pages and 12 photographs, route map and table of locomotives. Originally priced at 5/- (25p).

Title:
The Romford - Upminster Branch
Author:
K.A. Frost
Copyright:
©1964
ISBN:
None
Publisher:
Peter R. Davis (The Wyvern Press)
Dimensions:
(H) " x (W) " ( x mm). Softback in card covers.
Description:
Signal Transport Papers No. 1. 56 page historical account of the branch line between Romford and Upminster. Illustrated with diagrams, timetables and 16 black and white photographs. Originally priced 6/- (30p).

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London, Tilbury & Southend Album
Author:
George Dow
Copyright:
©1981
ISBN:
0 7110 1085 4
Publisher:
Ian Allan Ltd
Dimensions:
(H) 9½" x (W) 7¼" (241 x 183mm). Hardback in dust jacket.
Description:
120 pages and over 180 black & white photographs.

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Down The Line To Southend
A pictorial history of London's holiday line
Author:
Murial V. Searle
Copyright:
©1984 Published: 11/1984
reprinted 1988 Published: 31/12/1988
ISBN:
0 85936 243 4 or 1870630 46 7 (1988 edition)
Publisher:
The Baton Press Ltd (1984 edition)
Bloomsbury Books (an imprint of Godfrey Cave Associates Limited) under license from Baton Transport/Cleveland Press (1988 edition)
Dimensions:
(H) 10" x (W) 7½" (252 x 192mm). Hardback in dust jacket.
Description:
196 page book with over 190 black & white photographs. 1988 edition originally priced £10.95.

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Locomotives and Rolling Stock of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway
Author:
R.W. Rush
Copyright:
©1994
ISBN:
0 85361 466 0
Publisher:
The Oakwood Press
Dimensions:
(H) 8¼" x (W) 5¾" (210 x 150mm). Softback in card covers.
Description:
138 pages, 75 scale drawings and 74 photographs.

Click image to enlarge Title:
The London, Tilbury & Southend Railway
A History of the Company and Line. Volume 1
Author:
Peter Kay
Copyright:
©P. Kay 1996
ISBN:
1 899980 10 6
Publisher:
Peter Kay
Dimensions:
(H) 8½" x (W) 11¾" (214 x 297mm). Softback in card covers.
Description:
Volume One: 1836-1893.

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The London, Tilbury & Southend Railway
A History of the Company and Line. Volume 2
Author:
Peter Kay
Copyright:
©P. Kay 1997
ISBN:
1 899890 19 X
Publisher:
Peter Kay
Dimensions:
(H) 8½" x (W) 11¾" (214 x 297mm). Softback in card covers.
Description:
Volume Two: 1893-1912.

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Fenchurch Street To Barking
Author:
J.E. Connor
Copyright:
©August 1998 Published: 29/08/1998
ISBN:
1 901706 20 6.
Publisher:
Middleton Press
Dimensions:
(H) 9½" x (W) 6¾" (240 x 173mm). Pictorial hardback in laminated boards.
Description:
Eastern Main Lines series. Writing by J. E. Connor in association with Charles Phillips.

Click image to enlarge Title:
London, Tilbury & Southend Railway and its Locomotives
Author:
R.J. Essery
Copyright:
©R. J. Essery 2001
ISBN:
0 860 93 561 2
Publisher:
Oxford Publishing Co.
Dimensions:
(H) 11¾" x (W) 8¾" (299 x 220mm). Hardback in dust jacket.
Description:
Eminent railway historian Bob Essery's exhaustive and possibly definitive account of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway. 176 pages with 236 black and white photographs, numerous diagrams and maps.

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Barking To Southend
Author:
Dr. Edwin Course
Copyright:
©April 2002 Published: 27/04/2002
ISBN:
1 901706 80 X
Publisher:
Middleton Press
Dimensions:
(H) 9½" x (W) 6¾" (240 x 173mm). Pictorial hardback in laminated boards.
Description:
Eastern Main Lines series of books. 96 page account concentrating on the section of the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway between Barking and Shoeburyness. 120 black and white photographs, including 2 of Laindon, 2 of Basildon and 7 of Pitsea, plus various diagrams.
Related Website Link:
Middleton Press Website.

[http://www.middletonpress.co.uk]

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Tilbury Loop including the Romford Branch
Author:
Dr. Edwin Course
Copyright:
©August 2002
ISBN:
1 901706 86 9
Publisher:
Middleton Press
Dimensions:
(H) 9½" x (W) 6¾" (240 x 173mm). Pictorial hardback in laminated boards.
Description:
Eastern Main Lines series of books. 96 pages, 120 black and white photographs and various diagrams.

Click image to enlarge Title:
Branch Lines Of East London
Author:
J.E. Connor
Copyright:
©February 2000
ISBN:
1 901706 44 3
Publisher:
Middleton Press
Dimensions:
(H) 9½" x (W) 6¾" (240 x 173mm). Pictorial hardback in laminated boards.
Description:
Eastern Main Lines series of books. Covers the original London & Blackwell Railway route.

Click image to enlarge Title:
The London, Tilbury & Southend Railway
A History of the Company and Line. Volume 3
Author:
Peter Kay
Copyright:
©P. Kay 2010
ISBN:
978-1-899890-43-9
Publisher:
Peter Kay
Dimensions:
(H) 8½" x (W) 11¾" (214 x 297mm). Softback in card covers.
Description:
Volume Three: 1912-1939. The Midland and LMS years.

Click image to enlarge Title:
The London, Tilbury & Southend Railway Signalling:
Including the Midland, LMS and BR Periods
Author:
Peter Kay
Copyright:
©P. Kay 2011 Published: 05/07/2011
ISBN:
978-1-899890-44-6
Publisher:
Peter Kay
Dimensions:
(H) 8½" x (W) 11¾" (214 x 297mm). Softback in card covers.
Description:
This book covers the Midland and LMS years. Fully illustrated, 92 pages.

Title:
The Corringham Light Railway
Author:
I. Gotheridge
Copyright:
©1985
ISBN:
0-8536-1311-7
Publisher:
The Oakwood Press Ltd (No.155)
Dimensions:
(H) " x (W) " ( x mm). Softback in card covers.
Description:
Ivor Gotheridge's account of this little known industrial line initially built to serve the Kynoch explosives factories on the banks of the River Thames in Essex. Covering a distance of just over 2¾ miles, the line was built to standard gauge and steam operated for its entire life. Two stations were provided; Corringham and Kynoch Town (later renamed Kynochtown and from the 1920s Coryton), and access to the main network via a triangular junction and short spur which linked the line to the Thames Haven branch. 56 pages and over 40 photographs detail the lines history from its opening in 1901 (Goods: 01/01/01; Passengers: 29/06/01) through to closure on 1st March 1952.

Click image to enlarge Title:
The Corringham Light Railway
A New History.
Author:
Peter Kay
Copyright:
©P. Kay 2008
ISBN:
978 1 89989042 2
Publisher:
Peter Kay
Dimensions:
(H) 8½" x (W) 11¾" (214 x 297mm). Softback in card covers.
Description:
Comprehensive history of the former line, including Kynoch's works Kynochtown/Coryton and the oil industry.

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The Thames Haven Railway
Author:
Peter Kay
Copyright:
©P. Kay 1999
ISBN:
1 899890 27 0
Publisher:
Peter Kay
Dimensions:
(H) 8¼" x (W) 11¾" (209 x 297mm). Softback in card covers.
Description:
Essex Branch Line and London Shipping Link 1835-1996. A further volume in the history of the London, Tilbury & Southend line.
Magazine Articles
Publication: The Railway Magazine - Volume 85 - No. 509 - November 1939
Article Title: Some Locomotive Reminiscences of a Minor Railway
Author: Kenneth H. Leech A.M.Inst.C.E., B.Sc. (Eng.)
Description: Nine page article, beginning on page 338, of 'Locomotive stories' on the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway. Two pages of black and white photographs (6) + one additional photo on opening text page.
Publication: The Railway World - Volume 16 - No. 176 - March 1955
Article Title: The London, Tilbury and Southend Railway - Part One
Author: James F. Vickery
Description: Part one of a 3 page article covers the early history with detail given to the various acts passed. Some of the writers own memories are included. There are no illustrations accompanying this article.
Publication: The Railway World - Volume 16 - No. 177 - April 1955
Article Title: The London, Tilbury and Southend Railway - Part Two
Author: James F. Vickery
Description: Part two concludes the story with 5 pages of factual information and personal memories. Five black and white photographs accompany the text.
Publication: Modern Railways - Volume 15 - No. 161 - February 1962
Article Title: Resignalling the London Tilbury & Southend Line
Author: G.M. Kichenside
Description: Seven page article, beginning on page 116, about the resignalling of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway. Eight period black and white photographs, two being of the interior of Laindon signalbox, plus a line layout diagram.
Publication: Railway World - Volume 23 - No. 262 - March 1962
Article Title: The London, Tilbury & Southend Line since the war - Part One
Author: P.I. Paton
Description: First part of a 6 page article covering events on the line since the second world war. Illustrated with 7 black and white photographs.
Publication: Railway World - Volume 23 - No. 263 - April 1962
Article Title: The London Tilbury & Southend Line since the war - Part Two
Author: P.I. Paton
Description: Part two of the March 1962 article has a further 5 pages bringing the story up to date. Illustrated with 4 black and white photographs, and a line speed chart.
Publication: Railway World - Volume 23 - No. 264 - May 1962
Article Title: Coaching stock of the London, Tilbury & Southend Line
Author: G.M. Kichenside
Description: Single page account on the locomotive pulled coaching stock of the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway. Incorporating notes by P.I. Paton and featuring an additional page of 12 black and white photographs of L.T.S. coaching stock.
Publication: Railway World - Volume 49 - No. 582 - October 1988
Article Title: The Barking - Pitsea Line Subtitle: 100 years of a cut-off railway
Author: K.A. Frost
Description: 5 page article detailing the construction of the new 'direct' route between Barking and Pitsea, which opened in 1888. 12 black and white photographs, including two of the newly opened Basildon station in November 1974.
Publication: Railways South East - Volume 3 - No. 3 - Winter 1992/1993
Article Title: The Tilbury Line
Author: K.A. Frost
Description: 9 page account of the history and early years of the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway. Illustrated with 12 black and white photographs, including one of the platforms with Pitsea Junction signboard clearly visable.
Publication: Railways South East - Volume 3 - No. 4 - Summer 1993
Article Title: The Tilbury Line - 2
Author: K.A. Frost
Description: The second part of Ken Frost's history of the Tilbury line. This 8 page account covers the Midland Railway takeover, electrification, Basildon railway station, and other notable events through to the closure of Tilbury Riverside in 1992. Fully illustrated with 10 black and white photographs.
Publication: Locomotives Illustrated - No. 101 - May-June 1995
Article Title: London, Tilbury & Southend Railway Locomotives
Author: J.W.P. Rowledge
Description: Entire 46 page edition devoted to the Locomotives of the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway with text from Peter Rowledge. Seventy four black and white photographs, and two colour shots, with detailed information accompanying each photo.
Publication: Railway Ancestors Family History Society - Volume 11 - No. 1 - Winter 2005/06
Article Title: London, Tilbury & Southend Railway
Author: Railway Ancestors F.H.S.
Description: 52 page issue No. 41 of the Railway Ancestors journal focuses on the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway. Includes a brief history and lots of other background information relating to the line. 11 black and white photographs
Video/DVD
Click image to enlarge Title:
Network SouthEast Cab Rides Volume Four:
Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Bow Junction, Stratford, Forest Gate, Barking and Upminster.
Date:
1990s
Production:
Not Known
Description:
Filmed journey from the cab of a Class 302 (slam door stock) from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Bow Junction, Stratford, Forest Gate, Barking and Upminster on the Network SouthEast operated line, in the 1990s. Also stopping at West Horndon, Laindon, Basildon, Pitsea, Benfleet, Leigh-On-Sea, Chalkwell, Westcliff, Southend Central, Southend East, Thorpe Bay and terminating at Shoeburyness.
Total running time: 61 minutes. Format: VHS (Pal).
Now available on Dvd, catalogue number: ENSE04
Click image to enlarge Title:
Network SouthEast Cab Rides Volume Five:
Southend to Fenchurch Street via Tilbury
Date:
1990s
Production:
Not Known
Description:
Filmed journey from the cab of a Class 302 (slam door stock) from Southend to Fenchurch Street on the Network SouthEast operated line, in the 1990s.
Stops include Westcliff, Chalkwell, Leigh-On-Sea, Benfleet, Pitsea, Stanford-le-Hope, East Tilbury, Purfleet, Barking and terminating at Fenchurch Street.
Total running time: 71 minutes. Format: VHS (Pal).
Now available on Dvd, catalogue number: ENSE05
Click image to enlarge Title:
Journey To Southend Central
Date:
March 2002
Production:
A 225 Studios Presentation
Description:
Filmed journey from the cab of a Class 357 Electrostar - in original white and green livery - from Fenchurch Street to Southend Central via Upminster and Grays on the C2C operated line in March 2002. Calling at West Ham, Barking, Upminster, Ockendon, Chafford Hundred, Grays, Tilbury Town, East Tilbury, Stanford-le-Hope, Pitsea, Benfleet, Leigh-on-Sea, Chalkwell, Westcliff, and terminating at Southend Central. Live sound, no commentary.
Total running time: 66 minutes. Format: VHS (Pal).
Now available on Dvd, catalogue number: EJTSC
Title:
Shoeburyness To London
Date:
March 2002
Production:
A 225 Studios Presentation
Description:
Filmed journey from the cab of a Class 357 Electrostar - in original white and green livery - from Shoeburyness to Fenchurch Street on the C2C operated line in March 2002. Stopping at Thorpe Bay, Southend East, Southend Central, Westcliff, Chalkwell, Leigh-On-Sea, Benfleet, Basildon, Upminster, Barking, West Ham and terminating at Fenchurch Street. Live sound, no commentary.
Total running time: 55 minutes. Format: VHS (Pal).
Now available on Dvd, catalogue number:

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