Sign of the times
By the 1870s, trains were essential to Britain's growing capital city. There was a huge increase in travel from the suburbs and outlying towns into London. From 1855-66, more than 4.3 million pounds was spent developing the London, Brighton and South Coast line for commuters.
After investing so much, the railway companies had to think about security. This 1892 notice illustrates the problems of vandalism on the railway. The company offers a reward for information about damage to carriages standing in Norwood sidings.
Linking Norwood to London
The Norwood to Selhurst line opened in 1862. The line provided a service to London Bridge and Victoria. This link with the main London line encouraged the urban development of south London.
Museum number L88/15