|Railways in the Portsmouth area|
The Southsea Railway was a branch of the Portsmouth Direct Line. It was opened in 1885 from Fratton Station, terminating at East Southsea Station (near to a road junction called The Strand). It was 1.25 miles long and almost completely level. Two unstaffed halts were added in 1904 at Albert Road and Jessie Road/Devonshire Avenue.
The line was not able to compete with the Portsmouth Corporation tram services, despite the introduction of cheaper autocars. It was closed in August 1914 and never re-opened.
The route today
The line itself and the stations have since been demolished and replaced with houses and roads; however, it is possible to walk the approximate route, which is clearly visible on street maps of the area.
- Portsmouth Guide – the Southsea Railway
- "The Southsea Railway" Robertson,K: Southampton, Kingfisher, 1985 ISBN 0-946184-16-X
- History of GWR railmotors and autocoaches – Notes how the Southsea railmotor was borrowed for trials by the GWR
- ”Woking to Portsmouth” Mitchell,V/Smith,K: Midhurst, Middleton Press,1984 ISBN 1-873793-38-1