The 1905 loco that pulled the royal train is still in action

I recently asked readers if they could identify the station '˜somewhere in the south' that is featured in the picture on the facing page.

Monday, 7th November 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:47 pm
Waterloo station about 1905
Waterloo station about 1905

Turns out it is Waterloo station pictured about 1905 before it was overhauled after the First World War.

Tony Holley, of Billy Lawn Avenue, Havant, was able to identify the locomotive on the right, No 120.

It belonged to class T9 and he says: ‘It was a general use locomotive, but when needed was used to haul the royal trains.

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THEN The parish church of St Marys, Portsea, seen from the Manor Road/Cowper Road junction in 1961. The wasteland was The site of St Marys Road School for Girls. Picture: Eddie Wallace

‘It was painted green and kept in tip-top condition.

‘It is currently part of The National Collection at York Railway Museum.’

Tony adds: ‘It spent some time on loan to The Watercress Line where it was restored to running condition and it is now on loan to The Swanage Railway in Dorset hauling passenger trains.’

NOW The former wasteland became St Marys Road School for Girls but in recent years has become The Portsmouth Academy
THEN This picture was taken in the 1970s and shows the decaying and long-closed former Queens Cinema in Queen Street, Portsea, Portsmouth. On the left is the site today
NOW The block of flats on the site of the old Queens Cinema, Portsea
THEN The parish church of St Marys, Portsea, seen from the Manor Road/Cowper Road junction in 1961. The wasteland was The site of St Marys Road School for Girls. Picture: Eddie Wallace
NOW The former wasteland became St Marys Road School for Girls but in recent years has become The Portsmouth Academy
THEN This picture was taken in the 1970s and shows the decaying and long-closed former Queens Cinema in Queen Street, Portsea, Portsmouth. On the left is the site today
NOW The block of flats on the site of the old Queens Cinema, Portsea