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- Thu 14th Feb 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to inform you that Hayling Island and the Hayling Seaside Railway, has been chosen as the venue for the 2013 AGM of the Narrow Gauge Railway Society , due to take place over the weekend of 11th and 12th May.

The NGRS founded in 1951, is a prestigious national organisation with a worldwide membership. We are honoured therefor that they have chosen to visit us, in this the 10th year of operation of our Beachlands - Eastoke Corner light railway, the 25th anniversary of the founding of it’s volunteer support group the East Hayling Light Railway Society, and the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Havant - Hayling Island ‘Hayling Billy’ branch line. An event that is being commemorated by ‘Hayling Billy 50’, part of the ‘Hayling’s BEST’ group of volunteer community projects.

As part of this series of local railway anniversaries, the Hayling Seaside Railway are looking to put on a suitably memorable performance to show off our railway and the Island at its very best. To this end we are looking to bring steam back to Hayling, in the shape of the Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust’s 1919 ‘Bagnall’ steam locomotive “Wendy”. An appropriate choice as in 2009 the locomotive hauled the Island’s first revenue earning public passenger steam trains, since the 1963 closure of the Hayling Island branch line. Having also visited our former East Hayling Light Railway, which ran entirely within the private Mill Rythe Holiday Camp back in the mid-1990’s.

Our provisional plan subject to funding, availability and logistics, is for the locomotive to be moved from its home at the Bursledon Brickworks Museum in time to make its public debut on Sunday 21st April, to coincide with the Island’s ‘Hayling for St.George’ celebrations, before appearing ‘in steam’ on selected dates throughout the season, coinciding with key events in the 2013 Hayling Calendar, culminating in the ‘Hayling Billy 50’ commemorations in November.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Edwards,
Volunteer P.R. Officer,
East Hayling Light Railway Society.
(Volunteer Supporters of the Hayling Seaside Railway).

By forum user, Bruce_Bennett

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