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Steam Train Comeback at the Hayling Seaside Railway!

- Wed 2nd Sep 2009

The usually diesel worked Hayling Seaside Railway will soon be hosting its first ever visit from a ‘live’ steam locomotive, as part of its forthcoming ‘Steam and Goods Train Gala’, due to take place over the weekend of the 19th and 20th of September.

Owned by the Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust and usually based at the historic Amberley Chalk Pits Museum in Sussex, “Wendy” built by Bagnall of Stafford in 1919, will be hauling a service of regular passenger trains, on the one mile route along the coast of Hayling Bay between Beachlands and Eastoke Corner via Mengham Road Halt.

The event will also feature veteran industrial diesel locomotives including the HSR’s own “Alistair and “Edwin”, built by Ruston & Hornsby of Lincoln in 1940 and 1967 respectively. Which will haul a series of special goods trains, using vintage wagons restored from scrap condition at Beachlands Depot by the line’s teenage junior volunteers.

This will be “Wendy’s” second visit to Hayling, as the engine spent the 1992 season based at the old East Hayling Light Railway, which once ran within the grounds of the Island’s Mill Rythe Holiday Camp. But as the trains she hauled then ran entirely on private land, and were accessible only to visitors to the camp, the services she works on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September, are thought to be the first PUBLIC passenger steam trains to have run on Hayling Island, since the closure of the former “Hayling Billy” branch line in 1963!

By forum user, Hayling Seaside Railway

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