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Off Rail: A new railroad track laid across Portsmouth for electric trams

1902: An electric railroad track for Portsmouth trams is laid outside the city hall (later the Guild Hall). Photo: Halton Archive / Getty Images.
1902: An electric railroad track for Portsmouth trams is laid outside the city hall (later the Guild Hall). Photo: Halton Archive / Getty Images.

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1902: A man sets up a tow pole at a Kings Road junction while electrifying the Portsmouth tram system. Photo: Halton Archive / Getty Images.
A car entering Portsmouth City Hall Square from the north. The train on the bridge stands in Portsmouth Town (high level). It seems that electrification is progressing in the distance, and the date of this photo is between February and May 1901. The overhead line is already located under the railway bridge. To ensure the required clearance, we lowered the road here for electric traction. Note the sinking against the left railing. Also, the road is lowered only on the left side of the photo. This caused a catastrophe when the trolleybus was introduced. Engineers only measured the headroom of the tram tracks and found that the trolleybus did not pass under the bridge on the right side of the photo (where the sailor boy was standing), so the road did not pass. This side also had to be lowered. (Photo by Hulton Archive / Getty Images)
February 23, 1901: Workers laying overhead lines on commercial roads for electric trams from tower wagons. Photo: FJ Mortimer / Halton Archive / Getty Images.
Workers laying power lines on Glee Sam Street. This will be between February 23, 1901, when work on this section began, and the end of May, when work was completed. Photo: Halton Archive / Getty Images.

Off Rail: A new railroad track laid across Portsmouth for electric trams

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