|This map shows the full extent
of the Midland & South Western Junction Railway between Andoversford
and Red Post Junction, just outside Andover.
It has been copied from the route map published with a London & South Western Railway book of timetables, and was probably printed prior to 1895. Blunsdon station is not shown on the original (opened 1895) and neither is the Tidworth branch from Ludgershall (built 1901 - station opened for public traffic 1902).
On the map, the MSWJ service is clearly Timetable 75 (running through to Cheltenham). The inclusion of this service in the LSWR book is another example of inter-railway rivalry; a GWR timetable of the same period does not show the MSWJ service at all!
The Midland Railway, on the other hand (on a map unsuitable for reproduction here), showed the MSWJ as a major through route, running straight as an arrow between Cheltenham and Southampton!
|The map below was reproduced from
the official MSWJ public timetable of 1915. While it does not show the Northern
end of the line, it is interesting for its geographical accuracy and the
amount of detail shown. In particular, the Tidworth branch has appeared and
the junctions are clearly included. Our thanks to Philip for his permission
to download this image from his own web site. It's worth visiting for his
own observations on the MSWJ and his railway modelling -