This picture is well-known and produced several times over the years on this page by my predecessors, so I thought we would have then and now photos to see how the scene has altered.
Quite considerably, since the introduction of the combustion engine.
The footbridge at Bedhampton station is still there but everything else has changed.
From the left you can see two signals high up on the post, these are repeaters for signals lower down the post so train drivers approaching from Portsmouth can see them.
The gates seem quite fragile compared to today’s.
The shepherd and his flock of sheep appear quite safe as there was little to disturb them.
In the ‘today’ scene the footbridge remains but little else.
The signals are now coloured light-controlled from a new signalling centre at Havant. The gates have gone, replaced by what were once called continental lifting barriers. The traffic is controlled by double flashing lights.
The original photographer could have taken his time but I had to wait for a gap in the traffic to quickly retake the photograph.