Evocative picture highlights unusual track-laying system

Commercial Road looking south circa 1910 Picture: costen.co.uk

Commercial Road looking south circa 1910 Picture: costen.co.uk

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THIS wonderfully evocative photograph from about 1910 shows Commercial Road at the junction with Charlotte Street in Portsmouth.

In the middle distance can be seen a tram running towards the camera on the interlaced track.

Portsmouth was one of the few cities that adopted this form of track-laying to save space on narrow roads. It can still be seen to this day in Rugby Road, Southsea.

The tram is about to negotiate the junction with Lake Road running off to the left behind the cameraman.

I believe the lad standing by the policeman is a points boy who would have been needed at this very busy junction.

I think I can see a very early motor car behind the tramcar, but apart from that all the transport is drawn by horse.

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