Bygone days when transport was an adventure

Castle Primary School.  Picture Credit: Keith Woodland 180312-052.

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Oh, for the days when getting around was an adventure rather than a battle against an endless stream of cars on our roads and motorways.

Today we’re looking at three aspects of mass transport no longer seen on our carriageways.

The main course was served and all done with by Woking when the steward passed through the train calling: ‘second sitting for dinner’

Bob Hind

n To the right we see trolleybus no.10 in Spur Road, Cosham. To the left is the library and further on is the Red Lion Hotel. There are no trolley wires on the left-hand side of the road as Spur Road was a one-way street for trollebuses.

n Yesterday’s picture of charabancs ready to take local people out for the day superseded the photo below by a few decades. All the wagons are horse drawn and the title tells us they are off to south Hayling Island for the day. I wonder if there was some type of ferry from Eastney in operation as I would have thought the trudge via Havant would be tiring for the horses.

n Below right, we can see one of the dining cars which were part of the daily service between Portsmouth and London Waterloo.

I spoke to a former steward on these services who told me that passengers for dinner would take their seats 20 minutes before the train departed Waterloo and had the first course by Clapham Junction. The main course was served and all done with by Woking when the steward passed through the train calling: ‘second sitting for dinner’. More passengers then made their way to the restaurant car and by the train arrived at Havant they were well into coffee and cigars. Can you even compare it with today’s modern sliding doors, asphyxiating air-conditioned carriages the guard talking over your conversation all the time?

n On the opposite page we can see a bill which shows who was appearing at a boxing night at the Drill Hall in Stanhope Road, Landport. We can see that the boxing was all organised by local pubs and tickets could be purchased at the Bedford Hotel, Railway Hotel, Mile End Tavern and the Balmoral to name just a few.

The M.C. was Jim Kill of the Mile End Tavern and the timekeeper was Percy Freear of the Horndean, Lake Road. Prices differed from - in new money - 6p to 30p. Read through and you will find it a fascinating document.