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The Southsea Railway was a branch of the Portsmouth Direct Line.

It was opened in 1885 from Fratton Stationmarker, terminating at East Southsea Stationmarker (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 when war broke out in 1914 and never re-opened. 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.

Southseamarker is now served by stations at Fratton, Portsmouth & Southseamarker, and Portsmouth Harbourmarker (also called The Hard), with regular trains to London Waterloomarker and coastway services.


Image:P1260SSRB.JPG|The trains left from the left platformImage:P126SSRC.JPG|before curving round behind Francis Avenue.Image:P1260101SSRT.JPG|until the it approached the terminus just north of Granada Road.


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