Peter Keat presented his illustrated talk on “The Railways of the Gosport Peninsular”.
With the passing of the London
and Southampton Railway Company’s Act of 1834 the Portsmouth residents objected
to any company that had the name Southampton in its title, and so the Council
would not allow the line into Portsmouth.
Construction had already reached
Fareham so it was proposed to build the line into Gosport instead. The story is peppered
with problems and troubles but in its heyday had nine working stations, four
branch lines, one commercial miniature
railway with its own station and several narrow gauge military railways. The
standard gauge military system worked right up to 1990.