The Circle has been bequested a number of Photo collections, including the Pattenden, Curtis and Eyers collections. Images from both the Pattenden and Curtis collections are avaible for members to view in the members section of the website. It is necessary to log into the website to access the members area. Work is in progress on making the Eyers collection available in the members area and the first set of line albums are now in the members section.
Norman Pattenden, a lifelong railwayman, was a prolific author for the South Western Circular and his extendsive collection of locomotive cards are available in the members section of the website.
HMRS member David Curtis started the 'LSWR Station Architecture Survey' in 1970s to produce an L&SWR equivalent to the series of GWR station albums that had been produced by others some years previously. Completed by Colin Chivers, the 22 albums are in the possestion of the HMRS, the the Circle retains a digital copy to assist its members researches. These albums are available in the mebers area of the web site.
John Eyers took many throusands of photographs of the ex-LSWR lines from the 1950s and acquired many more. These are currently being added to the members raea of the website, so check back and see what has been added.
As an experiment South Western Circle has initiated an agreement to show images from the Historical Model Railway Society’s John Tatchell Collection. . The images have all been scanned and enhanced to some degree. Some cropping has occurred where beneficial. Usually this means some loss of sky and foreground. The purpose of cropping is to make the main elements of the image as large as possible.
Descriptions and thumbnails of the 350+ images can be seen using the menu at the top of this page.
Copies of these phtographs can be ordered from the HMRS here HMRS Tatchell Collection