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The Hayling Seaside Railway Diesel and Goods Train Day

SUNDAY 10th MAY, Hayling Island, Hants, PO11 0AG.

The Hayling Seaside Railway is a diesel worked narrow gauge light railway, running for one mile through open seafront land offering great photographic opportunities, from Beachlands station next to the Funland Amusement Park, along the coast of Hayling Bay via Mengham Road station, to the seaside village of Eastoke Corner on Hayling Island in Hampshire.

On Sunday 10th May 2009 the privately owned, volunteer run line will be holding its first ever ‘enthusiast themed’ event, as subject to availability the railway’s historic diesel locomotives take to the rails, to operate an intensive service of passenger and ‘heritage’ industrial goods trains throughout the day.

The H.S.R’s current fleet of working locomotives.

Unique former East Hayling Light Railway ‘Tyrone’ Class 0-4-0 Victorian style steam outline diesel hydraulic No: 3 “Jack”, the only Ford engined member of its class, built in 1988 by Alan Keefe Engineering of Ross-on-Wye. Our regular assenger locomotive now celebrating its 21st year in Hayling service.

Ex Ffestiniog and Gartell Light Railway four wheeled ’11/13hp’ diesel mechanical locomotive No: 4 “Alistair”, built in 1940 by Ruston & Hornsby of Lincoln, a classic industrial workhorse which helped build the Llyn Ystradau deviation on the world famous Ffestiniog Railway in Wales.

Ex South Western Tunnelling & Mining Company and Severn-Trent Water Board four wheeled ‘LBT’ class diesel mechanical No: 5 “Edwin”, built in 1967, also by Ruston & Hornsby of Lincoln but to a more modern design, extensively rebuilt in 2007 from derelict condition at the H.S.R’s Beachlands Depot. Also on display will be Former Ibstock Brick Company ex Wormley and later Hambledon

Brickworks four wheeled diesel mechanical No: 1 “Alan B” (ex “Ace”). Originally constructed by Moto-Rail/Simplex of Bedford in 1937. Already heavily rebuilt on arrival at Hayling from its original form, this locomotive is currently being rebuilt as a Deutz-engined diesel hydraulic passenger locomotive.

A display of components and photographs from the ‘Hayling Billy Steam Locomotive Project’, showing the progress being made by the volunteers of the Hayling Railway Society, in constructing the first full size narrow gauge steam locomotive ever to be built on Hayling Island, heavily influenced by the classic designs of W.G. Bagnall of Stafford.

Passenger and Heritage Goods Trains.

Regular passenger trains will be formed of classic wooden bodied ‘bogie’ carriages, built in the Hayling Seaside Railway’s own workshops on ex Trentham Gardens and Alton Towers underframes, originally constructed in the 1930’s by E. E. Baguley Ltd of Burton on Trent. Non passenger carrying ‘goods’ trains will operate between passenger services, formed from the line’s fleet of industrial goods wagons produced by such historic light railway rolling stock suppliers as Robert Hudson & Co. of Leeds and W. G. Allen & Sons of Tipton, Staffordshire. Refurbished on Hayling Island by the Hayling Railway Society’s junior volunteers.

Passenger Train Times and Fares.

Passenger trains will leave Beachlands station next to the Funland Amusement Park, Hayling Island (PO11 0AG), at 10 am and then every 45 minutes from 11 am to 5 pm. (Subject to weather) They will leave from Eastoke Corner station opposite the Lifeboat Inn (PO11 9HL) approximately 20 minutes later.

NORMAL RETURN FARES APPLY – Adult £3.50, Children and Senior Citizens £2, Family (2 adult + 2 Children) £7 Children 3 and under and well behaved dogs carried FREE!

There is no charge to view or photograph the Heritage Goods Trains, but visitors are invited to show their appreciation by travelling on the regular passenger services and/or by making an appropriate donation to the ‘Hayling Billy Steam Locomotive Fund’.

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