RAC worker waves vehicle into the city

Portsdown Hill, 1930
Portsdown Hill, 1930
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It’s 1930 and a Portsdown and Horndean Light Railway tram is at the summit of Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth, by the George Inn.

The RAC man on point duty has just waved the vehicle on as it makes its journey down the southern slopes of the hill and on into the city.

Through-running to Portsmouth started in August 1924 with trams to the town hall. This service was eventually extended to South Parade Pier. The last car to run on the light railway completed its journey on January 9, 1935 and the tracks were eventually pulled up.

You might just be able to make out advertising for Streten & Janner’s milk on each step to the upper deck.