Railway Club of the New Forest

  Railway Club of the New Forest 

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January 27th 2017


 

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.


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