Opened in November 1854 by the London Necropolis Company, the Necropolis Railway sought to solve London's growing problem of overcrowding in its cemeteries. The LNC had recently opened a new cemetery at Brookwood, 37km south-west of London, which was then the largest cemetery in the world and designed to be large enough to accommodate all the deaths anticipated in London for centuries to come.

The first London Necropolis Railway Station was built to serve as its London terminus - next to Waterloo Station the terminus was designed specifically for the use of mourners - a private road allowed for a discreet entrance and exit, and to prevent the need for hearses to stop on the public roads, whilst a windowless wall at the western end maintained privacy from those using the mainline station next door.

The first terminus eventually started to prevent growth at Waterloo, so in 1902 a second station was opened around the corner, which served until demolished in the Blitz in 1941 - never being rebuilt, the Railway closed shortly after the end of the Second World War.

Trains ran along the mainline to Brookwood, where a junction allowed them to be pulled by horses into the two sections of the cemetery, one serving Anglians and the other serving Non-Conformists.

Track layout

Stations in detail

Chapel of Rest

The original terminus didn't have a chapel of rest of its own, but waiting rooms would be used for the purpose when required. In the second terminus, mourners of those receiving first-class burials could pay their respects to the dead in an oak-panelled Chapelle Ardente before the body made its last journey to Brookwood for interment.

Player count : ALL
Build spaces : 0
Surveyor pts : -21

London Necropolis Railway Station

The original terminus served the railway from October 1854, from a small site near London Waterloo station. Because the site was deliberately chosen to be adjacent to London and South West Railway's main viaduct, it meant that it prevented any expansion of Waterloo, so in 1896 the LSWR proposed giving the London Necropolis Company a new station, which served the railway from 1902 until its destruction during a raid in the Blitz in 1942. As it was never rebuilt, at the end of the Second World War the LNR was formally closed.

Player count : ALL
Build spaces : 6
Surveyor pts : -21

4 stone - 10 points
3 stone - 7 points
3 stone - 6 points
2 stone - 5 points
1 steel bar - Get your spare Labourer for free on the next Round
2 steel bars - 15 points

Brookwood

Opened on 1st June 1864, 15 years after funeral trains started running to the two cemetery stations, the staton was built to served both the mainline (from London to Basingstoke) and the cemetery itself.

Player count : ALL
Build spaces : 4
Surveyor pts : -21

3 rubble (excavation) - 4 points
3 stone - 12 points
3 stone - 9 points
1 steel bar - 9 points

Necropolis Junction

Just to the west of Brookwood Station, Necropolis Junction created a branch from the main line along which horse-drawn vehicles could pull carriages.

Player count : ALL
Build spaces : 5
Surveyor pts : -21

4 rubble (excavation) - 5 points
1 steel bar - 1 track laying credit
1 steel bar - 1 track laying credit
1 steel bar - 1 track laying credit
1 steel bar - 1 track laying credit

Brookwood Cemetery North

Brookwood Cemetery is divided into two sections by Cemetery Pales, a road which runs through the middle of the cemetery. Each side had its own railway station, with the North side reserved for Nonconformists - those who didn't 'conform' to the Church of England, such as Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Calvinists, Baptists and Methodists.

Player count : ALL
Build spaces : 6
Surveyor pts : 0

4 rubble (excavation) - 4 points
2 stone - 1 monument
3 rubble (excavation) - 3 points
3 stone - 1 monument
2 rubble (excavation) - 2 points
4 stone - 1 monument

Brookwood Cemetery South

The southern side of Brookwood Cemetery was reserved for Anglicans

Player count : 3 - 5
Build spaces : 6
Surveyor pts : 0

4 rubble (excavation) - 4 points
2 stone - 1 monument
3 rubble (excavation) - 3 points
3 stone - 1 monument
2 rubble (excavation) - 2 points
4 stone - 1 monument

Scenario train

Train in detail

No. 17 Funeral Train

At the beginning of Action G the owner may pay 1 Coal to refresh one of their Contract cards - it is now available to be used for its effects again. In addition the owner may pay two Coal at the start of a round to gain a temporary Labourer for the round.

Scenario contract cards

Contract cards in detail

Contract no. 5

Contract terms
Move 4 rubble pieces from your personal supply.

Bonus effect
Whenever one of your Labourers excavates, you may perform one build after.

Type : Excavation bonus
Effect location : E
Points : 15

Contract no. 10

Contract terms
Move 1 of your ownership markers from a Monument, one from a Track, and 6 rubble pieces from your personal supply.

Bonus effect
After you take a Train card, take 1 Steel Bar from supply.

Type : Building bonus
Effect location : E
Points : 18

Contract no. 27

Contract terms
Move 3 of your ownership markers from Monuments.

Bonus effect
Immediately move your Surveyor one Station further along.

Type : Building bonus
Effect location : G
Points : 19

Contract no. 28

Contract terms
Move 2 of your ownership markers from Monuments and 2 from Tracks.

Bonus effect
You may place Labourers onto full action areas (they go last) - play this card before the Start player places a Labourer.

Type : Building bonus
Effect location : G
Points : 25

Contract no. 29

Contract terms
If the player has this Contract card, score 2 victory points per Coal cube in your personal supply at the end of the game.

Bonus effect
Whenever one of your Labourers excavates, you may perform one build after.

Type : Coal bonus
Effect location : B
Points :

Scenario action spaces

Action spaces in detail

Weather card

You can now excavate and lay track when it's foggy. Use either Normal fog (2 - 5 players) or Pea Souper fog (solo game). For Normal fog, when the weather is Fog take two spare markers from supply and put one each on the last Labourer space of the Excavation and Lay Track action spaces - these blocked spaces count as full and cannot be used by any Labourer. For Pea Souper fog, you may decide to only remove the Fog markerss from the action spaces at the start of the next Sunny Round. If you get more Fog before then, ad another marker (use rubble, for example) to the last available Action space, making it more difficult to regain those actions..