© Don Marshall 2015
South East & Chatham Railway
The South East & Chatham Railway was formed on 1 January 1899, when the South Eastern Railway and the London Chatham & Dover Railway formed a "managing committee" comprising the directors of both companies. This effectively merged the two companies, although officially they remained separate. This followed many years of rivalry between the two Companies, sometimes bitter. This rivalry resulted in financial problems and shabby poorly maintained locomotives and rolling stock until, in 1899, the companies finally set aside their differences. The Company operated mainly in Kent.
The management committee wanted to raise the profile of the new company and came up with one of the more striking liveries in an age when such liveries were the norm rather than the exception.