The current train, from London Waterloo Station, arrives at Southampton Central Station. From there it is not far from the Southampton Docks.
In the past, there was rail service to the area next to the Southwestern Hotel. You should use that station stop.
Right now, the Southwestern Hotel building is still standing; however, it is now offices and private flats. Too bad the DeVere or Fairmont Chains could not convert it back to a hotel. The railroad no longer stops by the Southwestern.
One other note: Adam, check out "Titanic: An Illustrated History". In that book, it lists the travels of the Becker Family, as they headed down to Southampton.
Ruth Becker was, in her later years, a good friend of Don Lynch, and provided him with a lot of good information.
When "Titanic: An Illustrated History" was published, it was dedicated "To WINNIE & RUTH", for 2nd0Class passengers Edwina (Troutt) McKenzie and Ruth (Becker) Blanchard.
Adam - The answer to your query is ''it depends''.
If they travelled on a normal scheduled service train they would have alighted at Southampton Terminus Station and taken a horse taxi into the docks with their luggage.
If they travelled on a special Boat Train from London Waterloo they would have gone straight through the Terminus Station across the road and into the docks and the train would have stopped at 43/44 berth and they would have alighted into the Dockside Sheds and Porters would have been engaged to take their luggage across to the ship perhaps 150 - 200 yards away.
Best of luck with your story.
I have never seen any record of just how many Boat trains came down from Waterloo that day.
There were usually several.
If you came by train from other parts of the country you had to change trains as follows:
from Bristol - change at Southampton West
from Brighton - change at St Denys, Station, Southampton
from Salisbury district change at Eastleigh
Southampton Terminus Station connected to all the above stations with frequent punctual services.
Hello I am not sure exactly where I should post this but I was wondering is: What decks did all the passengers(first, second, and third(steerage)) embark on when they boarded the Titanic at Southampton, England on April 10, 1912; Cherbourg, France on April 10, 1912; and Queenstown, Ireland on April 11, 1912? If you can answer these questions, please e-mail me at [email protected]. Thanks
Not sure if anyone is still active on this site, but I am in the middle of writing a series of novels, the first of which is to be set on the Titanic. Trying to compile as complete a file as I can on the Titanic (I even took a trip to Ireland last year - aside from it being my first ever holiday outside Australia, I used it as a research trip too - visiting Cobh - former Queenstown south of Cork - and the Titanic museum in Belfast - in fact anywhere in Ireland associated with Titanic in some way - including a few Belfast pubs which were popular haunts for the men who built her) and so far I have a pretty large cache of files of research into Titanic. Got a s**tload of books on the subject as well - so its a serious thing for me - but nowhere can I find how long the train would have taken from London Waterloo to Southampton Terminus. Its a minor detail which I have covered over by having the character take the train to Southampton the night before and stay in accomodation at the Platform Tavern and boarding the next day instead. But its a detail I'm curious about regardless. The times are an important thing in this particular story as I try to fit this character's actions in amidst the events of the voyage, keeping accurate to what time certain things happened.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, please email me on [email protected] if anyone has the desired info. I do know the train these days takes about 1 hr 20 minutes from London but I'm accounting for the fact it were steam trains back then
The railway station at Southampton Terminus and the line to London was operated by the London and South Western Railway Company. The only thing I have been able to find on line regarding train times is a catalogue of train time tables held at the Brunel University Library in Uxbridge. (link below)
You could try and find the contact details for the library and find out if they have online versions of those timetables or if there is any way they could scan you a 1911 copy (which at least should show the regular, time table trains from London Waterloo to Southampton).
Hi Adam, I was in Southampton only a few weeks ago sail on an old steam ship SS Shieldhall using the same type of engines as Titanic used on a smaller scale. I have seen the old railway station next to the South Western Hotel were many rich first class passengers would stay before boarding liners.The hotel is now private flats and offices.The station building is still there but stop use in 1966. The station build, is typical Victoria casting and one can see built for grandeur in appearance. The railway lines have gone but one can see across the main road to the docks the railway line is still there. Nears point to berth 43-44 through gate No 4. The Berths are security areas now in full operation as new cars transport terminal. The bollards used by Titanic and other White Star ships are painted orange. Southampton City Council have put a stop of the old station been pulled down. More history information with some photos can be found under Wikipedia. I have photos too.
On a Sea of Glass states that the First Class boat train left Waterloo at 8:00 and arrived in Southampton at 11:30. The expected trip time was between 1:30 and 1:45, but there was a delay. In Titanic Voices, according to a recent Facebook post by Bruno Piola, was interference with the tracks.
The Second Class boat train is not mentioned in On a Sea of Glass, but the Facebook post mentioned above, posted by Mike Poirier, includes an account by 2nd class survivor Stuart Collett stating that someone interfered with the brake valve, causing a delay to that train as well.
To me, it seems that while the track obstruction might have seemed like a normal sort of train delay, someone pulling the emergency brake might well have been seen to be an omen by people inclined to view things as omens. Add to that the near-collision with the New York and the coal-dust-covered stoker in Queenstown, and the superstitious would be thankful April 13th was a Saturday and not a Friday.