From tram to trolley and beyond – three Portsmouth bus eras

Three generations of Portsmouth buses pose for this historic picture at Cosham in 1934
Three generations of Portsmouth buses pose for this historic picture at Cosham in 1934
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Here’s a picture which caught my attention as soon as I opened Calum Kennedy’s e-mail.

There are hundreds of transport pictures out there recording tram, trolley and motor bus operations in Portsmouth and the surrounding area.

An 1890s view of a horse-drawn tram and crew waiting at the Clarence Pier, Southsea, terminus

An 1890s view of a horse-drawn tram and crew waiting at the Clarence Pier, Southsea, terminus

But I have never seen the picture on the right before.

Calum, of Angerstein Road, North End, says it was taken at the Cosham terminus on the first day of trolley bus operation in the city, August 4, 1934.

And what this historic photo captures so neatly are the three different forms of bus transport together – motor bus, trolley and tram.

I’ve included three further pictures of horse-drawn trams in the city for interest, but one of them might particularly resonate with Margaret Reeves.

She wrote asking if The News had a photograph of the last horse-drawn tram to run in the city.

She’s especially interested because as a child she remembers a photo of her maternal grandfather standing by one and her mother telling her he drove the last one in Portsmouth.

He was Edward JD Grant and worked for Portsmouth Corporation Tramways until enlisting in the army.

In our collection of tram pictures I was able to find the one below (right) of a horse tram crew waiting at the Clarence Pier terminus – a picture attributed to the 1890s.

Might that be the one Margaret?