The 1905 loco that pulled the royal train is still in action

Waterloo station about 1905
Waterloo station about 1905
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I recently asked readers if they could identify the station ‘somewhere in the south’ that is featured in the picture on the facing page.

Turns out it is Waterloo station pictured about 1905 before it was overhauled after the First World War.

WASTELAND Reader John Porter had memorable times as a boy playing here

WASTELAND Reader John Porter had memorable times as a boy playing here

Tony Holley, of Billy Lawn Avenue, Havant, was able to identify the locomotive on the right, No 120.

It belonged to class T9 and he says: ‘It was a general use locomotive, but when needed was used to haul the royal trains.

‘It was painted green and kept in tip-top condition.

‘It is currently part of The National Collection at York Railway Museum.’

NOW The former wasteland became St Marys Road School for Girls but in recent years has become The Portsmouth Academy

NOW The former wasteland became St Marys Road School for Girls but in recent years has become The Portsmouth Academy

Tony adds: ‘It spent some time on loan to The Watercress Line where it was restored to running condition and it is now on loan to The Swanage Railway in Dorset hauling passenger trains.’

THEN This picture was taken in the 1970s and shows the decaying and long-closed former Queens Cinema in Queen Street, Portsea, Portsmouth. On the left is the site today

THEN This picture was taken in the 1970s and shows the decaying and long-closed former Queens Cinema in Queen Street, Portsea, Portsmouth. On the left is the site today

NOW The block of flats on the site of the old Queens Cinema, Portsea

NOW The block of flats on the site of the old Queens Cinema, Portsea