Turning the table on city locos

The turntable outside Portsmouth Town Station in the 1930s.

The turntable outside Portsmouth Town Station in the 1930s.

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Here we see the turntable that was located outside the Town Railway Station in the 1930s with Canal Walk in the background.

The picture was taken from the Jack and Jill Steps, the footbridge from Greetham Street to Railway View, Landport, Portsmouth.

The same scene today. A signal box replaced the turntable. It in turn has been replaced since the new signalling centre opened at Havant.

The same scene today. A signal box replaced the turntable. It in turn has been replaced since the new signalling centre opened at Havant.

In the old picture, locomotive 429 was an LSWR L12 class designed by Dugald Drummond. Only 20 were built and all were broken up by 1955.

If you know what the other locomotives are I would be pleased to hear from you.

To the left are two six-plank open service wagons being used to take away ash and clinker thrown out of the engines after their firebox grates were cleared.

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