Can you imagine rail commuters today knowing their local stationmaster so well that when he left they had a whip round for him?
Thinking about it, there is an entire generation that would not know what a stationmaster was.
But at Cosham in 1948 The Evening News reported that travellers and staff thought so highly of Mr AV Jefferies when he left to take over the station at Petersfield that they raised enough money to buy him a wristwatch and a handbag... the latter for his wife.
On the facing page is a picture of Cosham station as Mr Jefferies might just have remembered it, although it may have been before his time.
It was taken in the days of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway.
Very little remains today. The gates are now barriers and the signal box has passed into history as well.
The Railway pub is now a block of flats and the goods yard is covered in houses. Only the footbridge remains.
And the photo cannot be retaken because of a large block of flats being built in Portsmouth Road where the photographer was standing.
Also pictured here are some of the Royal Marines who manned Y turret on the battleship HMS Howe. They are removing the tampions (wooden stoppers)from the 14in MkVII guns.