Last summer before war

Southsea's miniature railway in the summer of 1939
Southsea's miniature railway in the summer of 1939

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Parents watch their children take to the miniature railway at Southsea in 1939, the last peacetime summer before the Second World War.

Opened in 1924, the track was three-quarters of a mile long.

The engines ran on a nine-and-a-half-inch gauge layout.

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