Model Rail Success at Beachlands
- Sat 26th Aug 2006
The EHLR Society’s 2nd Annual Model Railway Show, held at Beachlands Station on the Hayling Seaside Railway on Sunday 20 August, was in all respects a resounding success.
While model trains ranging from a ‘Bob the Builder’ children's layout to a nostalgic representation of the original Hayling Island station, strutted their stuff in the main workshop. A miniature steam railway, traction engines and model commercial vehicles, were on display in the Funland Car Park, for the enjoyment of the surprisingly large number of visitors to Hayling considering the poor weather.
The highlight of the day for many though was the first ever ‘two train service’ on the Seaside Railway itself. With authority confirmed by H.M. Railway Inspectorate only days before the event, trains operated by 66 year old Ruston industrial ‘Alistair’ and steam-outline diesel ‘Jack’, ran a 20/25 minute interval service between Beachlands and Eastoke Corner, passing at the double sided platform of Hornby Halt.
A full report on this historic occasion for ‘Hayling’s Seaside Railway’, will be published in the ‘Hayling Billy Magazine’, available to EHLR Society members and from the Beachlands Shop, from mid September.
Volunteer PR Officer,
(Supporting the Hayling Seaside Railway).
By forum user, HIbot