Book looks into days of steam trains and trams

The paddle steamer Duchess of Kent beached at the Hot Walls, Old Portsmouth, in September 1909 after a collision in the Solent.Built in 1897, this paddler survived to be requisitioned for war service by the Royal Navy in 1916 and returned to the Solent crossing until she was sold in 1933
The paddle steamer Duchess of Kent beached at the Hot Walls, Old Portsmouth, in September 1909 after a collision in the Solent.Built in 1897, this paddler survived to be requisitioned for war service by the Royal Navy in 1916 and returned to the Solent crossing until she was sold in 1933
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In the 1940s Doris Day had a number one hit with Sentimental Journey.

This would be an apt alternative title for a book by one of my predecessors here, Ron Brown.

A horse tram passes through Hilsea Arches about 1900. They were demolished in 1919

A horse tram passes through Hilsea Arches about 1900. They were demolished in 1919

Within the pages of Portsmouth Transport From Old Photographs, readers are taken on a sentimental journey back to the days when Portsmouth people could board a steam train, glide through the streets on an electric tram or trolleybus, sail to the Isle of Wight on a paddle steamer, take a charabanc ride into the country or fly to the Island and back for 6d 8d.

n Ron’s book, published by Amberley at £12.99 is available from the following offices of The News: The News Centre, Hilsea; Lake Road, Portsmouth; West Street, Fareham; High Street, Gosport and West Street, Havant. Or call (023) 9262 2207 for postal inquiries. Postage rates will apply.