When trams went down Osborne Road

Osborne Road, Southsea with three of the town's top hotels in view.
Osborne Road, Southsea with three of the town's top hotels in view.
HM Submarine  P556  is berthed at (as it was then ) Fort Blockhouse. Wrens are pushing the torpedo. (Mike Nolan coll.)

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In this Edwardian view looking east along Osborne Road, Southsea we see three of the top hotels of the time.

To the left on the corner of Western Parade we have the Grosvenor. In the centre on the corner of Nightingale Road we have the Sandringham and to the right is perhaps the best-known hotel in Southsea, The Queens.

The tram is about to enter a section of interlaced track which was somewhat peculiar to the Portsmouth tramway system and the narrow streets of the town.

One set of tracks were set within the other, so although it was not a single line one would have to wait until the other cleared the section.

Picture: costen.co.uk