Children’s happy days helping grandad on miniature railway

Herbert Tame, driver of the miniature train which used to run close to Southsea Castle, with other members of the Tame family in and around the first carriage
Herbert Tame, driver of the miniature train which used to run close to Southsea Castle, with other members of the Tame family in and around the first carriage
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A recent black-and-white photograph of Southsea’s miniature railway in the 1950s thrilled members of the Tame family.

For driving the locomotive was Herbert Arthur Tame, grandfather of Ken Tame.

Southsea miniature railway and children's paddling pool in the 1950s

Southsea miniature railway and children's paddling pool in the 1950s

And they went through the family albums to find this colour picture of him at the railway in 1964.

Ken’s wife Kate got in touch to say that Herbert came from a large family of nine siblings. He was born in Portsmouth and lived most of his life in and around Portchester and Fareham.

Kate says: ‘He drove the train for many years and as a child my husband and his siblings remember ‘helping’ grandad and having many happy hours riding on the train along the front at Southsea.’

In this picture the Tame children are in the first carriage. The woman standing by the engine is Molly Tame, wife of Herbert’s eldest son Peter.