Gladys Avenue tram depot

The works tram parked in Gladys Avenue with the tram shed behind.
The works tram parked in Gladys Avenue with the tram shed behind.
Signal box - The bleak and isolated siting of the Idsworth signal box illustrates the loneliness of the signalman's lot

THIS WEEK IN 1970: Time runs out on the lonely reign of a signal box man

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My recent picture of workmen lifting tram rails in Gladys Avenue, North End, Portsmouth, in the early 1970s brought a letter from BJ Marshall of Copnor Road and this picture of a tram in the siding alongside the tram shed.

It was taken at the same spot as the men were lifting those tram lines many years later.

Mr Marshall also tells me the tram lines inside Eastney depot were lifted for scrap when the building was demolished, but the tracks just outside the depot still remain under the new pavement.

He says there are also a few yards of track remaining under the present day bus lane in Highland Road and their impression can be seen under the asphalt so all is not lost.

Sad, I know, but I still get excited by these old tracks.