Southsea Railway

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Railways in the Portsmouth area
West Coastway Line
to Brighton & London Victoria
West Coastway Line
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Farlington Halt
HMNB Portsmouth
Admiralty Line
Portsmouth & Southsea
Portsmouth Harbour
Southsea Railway 1885–1914
Gosport Ferry to Gosport
Wightlink to Ryde Pier Head
Jessie Road Bridge Halt
Albert Road Bridge Halt
East Southsea
A 1910 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Portsmouth, showing the Southsea Railway

The Southsea Railway was a branch of the Portsmouth Direct Line, located in Portsmouth. 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[1] and almost completely level. Two unstaffed halts were added in 1904 at Albert Road and Jessie Road/Devonshire Avenue.[2]

Tram competition[edit]

The line was not able to compete with the Portsmouth Corporation Transport tram services, despite the introduction of cheaper autocars.[3] It was closed in August 1914 and never re-opened.

The route today[edit]

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.[4]

Alternative stations[edit]

Southsea is now served by stations at Fratton, Portsmouth & Southsea, and Portsmouth Harbour (also called The Hard), with regular trains to London Waterloo and coastway services.[5]



  1. ^ Portsmouth Guide – the Southsea Railway
  2. ^ "The Southsea Railway" Robertson,K: Southampton, Kingfisher, 1985 ISBN 0-946184-16-X
  3. ^ History of GWR railmotors and autocoaches Archived 1 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine. – Notes how the Southsea railmotor was borrowed for trials by the GWR
  4. ^ Robertson(Ibid)
  5. ^ "Woking to Portsmouth" Mitchell,V/Smith,K: Midhurst, Middleton Press,1984 ISBN 978-0-906520-25-3 OCLC 60024110