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The Stokes Bay Railway & Pier Companywas authorized by an Act of 14 August 1855 to build a line, length 1 mile 42 chains, from the L&SWR's Gosport Branch to a station and pier at Stokes Bay, which boasted the shortest ferry route from the mainland to Ryde, Isle of Wight, a mere 3 miles. The Chairman was William Wilberforce Pearson (1809-1861) a London financier. The Engineer was Hamilton Henry Fulton (1826-1886), who had worked with Telford and Rennie. The Secretary Edward Bellamy, a neighbor of I. K. Brunel. The line opened on 6 April 1863 and was for a time used by Queen Victoria on her trips to an from Osborne House. There was an intermediate station at Gosport Road & Alverstoke. The route was never, however, as popular as the more convenient Portsmouth one, the ferry was discontinued at the beginning of hostilities in 1914, and the line was closed to passenger traffic on 1 November 1915. The L&SWR sold the line to the Admiralty in 1922. Most of the track was removed in 1929.
Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram of Havant & Portsmouth 1910
Stokes Bay station and pier in around 1910
A new curve was put in so that trains might run in and out of Gosport to Stokes Bay without reversing. At the same time an intermediate station was opened at Gosport Road (later Gosport Road & Alverstoke), which is shown here with its original low platforms shortly after opening on 1 June 1865.
Through coaches for Stokes Bay were attached to certain trains between Waterloo and Southampton from 1879. The Waterloo station arrivals board is shown here in 1898
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