Iconfess I doubted if we would find an answer to one of last week’s posers – what happened to the old railway footbridge that once languished at Hilsea Lines in Portsmouth?
But John Ring did us proud. He dated the picture, below, to the mid-1980s when he was, and still is, part of a club renting part of Bastion 4 in the lines. The bridge was outside.
John says: ‘It was a typical LSWR/LBSCR bridge and I used to know where it came from but I have unfortunately forgotten.
‘I have always been a railway enthusiast and at the time I used to visit the Watercress preserved line between Alresford and Ropley.
‘I was chatting to one of that line’s officials and he happened to mention they were desperate to find a suitable double-line bridge. I told him I knew where one was and who owned it. He was stunned.
‘Cutting a long story short, the line obtained it and it is now at Alresford station.’