As this year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of steam working on the South Western Division of British Railways, I will be including several photographs of steam engines working in this area in the coming months.
In the photograph on the facing page we see a Standard class 5 No 76009 waiting to leave Portsmouth and Southsea low-level platforms with a train for Salisbury.
I have no date or name of the photographer but more information from steam buffs would be appreciated.
n In August 1903, Buffalo Bill Cody brought his wild west show to town and here we see them in a parade heading south along Palmerston Road, Southsea.
Of course, in these PC days I should have written ‘native Americans’, but to we 1950s’ boys, cowboys is cowboys and injuns is injuns!
n Below right, a view along Pembroke Road, Old Portsmouth at the turn of the last century or possibly earlier than that.
On the left hand side in Penny Street can be seen the bonding store belonging to George Peters’ brewery.
If you look closely you might be able see that, on the right, half-way up the wall, can be seen part of the street sign indicating St Nicholas Street.
Below the sign is another, but it is cut in half. It says: ‘To The Bac...’ Could this have been directions to a bacon factory perhaps?
n And in the picture immediately below we’re looking north up London Road, North End, towards the junction with Gladys Avenue. I should imagine it is the 1930s but stand to be corrected.
n All today’s pictures come from the Barry Cox Collection.