Enjoying the minature railway at Southsea

The telegram received by William Halls mother  still upsetting to read 78 years on.

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: Curse of the telegram: Dear Mrs Hall – your son is dead

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Parents watch their children take to the minature railway at Southsea in 1939.

Opened in 1924, the track was three quarters of a mile long. The engines ran on a nine-and-a-half-inch gauge layout.

Parents watch their children on the miniature railway at Southsea in 1939

Parents watch their children on the miniature railway at Southsea in 1939

The line boasted a turntable, engine shed, two locomotives and a tunnel.