© Don Marshall 2015
The Southern Railway was formed in 1923 from an amalgamation of railways covering the southern area of England from Kent to the South West. The London Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSC) and the London & South Western Railway (LSWR) were two of the major constituents. From 1923 it was decided to continue the basic LSWR livery - possibly because of successful lobbying on the Board. However, in 1925 a corporate identity emerged in the form of a dark green livery for passenger locomotives (this was liberally translated) all lined out in black and white. This was described as Malachite Green and attributed to REL Maunsell the Chief Engineer. A good choice, I think, and superior, in my view, to the Urie sage green used during 1923-25. The Company name and engine number, carried on the tender, was in either primrose yellow or in a darker more orange shade. This must have caused problems with exchanging tenders, as it did on other railways.