Family archives

Portsmouth and Southsea station, pictured from lower platform, 1978. Picture: Timothy Ring
Portsmouth and Southsea station, pictured from lower platform, 1978. Picture: Timothy Ring
You might struggle with this scene but it is in fact looking across Waite Street, Cosham. The tram is heading for Spur Road.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: When trams ran through the fire station’s offices at Cosham

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This is Portsmouth and Southsea train station in 1978.

It’s one of the many photos featured in Portsmouth From Family Archives – a book collated and published by brothers Matt and Jonathan Ring, using photos taken by their grandparents.

Portsmouth From Family Archives by Matt and Jonathan Ring

Portsmouth From Family Archives by Matt and Jonathan Ring

The photo shows the lower platforms of the stations when there were still three bays for the trains. There are now only two.

These diesel trains still had slam doors, which meant passengers had to lean out of the window to open them.

The book is available to buy from Waterstone’s in Commercial Road and Bonzo Studio and Southsea Gallery on Albert Road for £14.99.