Hayling Seaside Railway

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Hayling Seaside Railway
East Hayling Light Railway at Eastoke - geograph.org.uk - 499023.jpg
'Emmet' in steam at the Hayling Seaside Railway (photo by Chris Rogers)
Dates of operation 2003–Present
Track gauge 2 ft (610 mm)
Length 1.1 miles (1.8 km) (roughly)
Website Hayling Seaside Railway Official Website

The Hayling Seaside Railway, formerly East Hayling Light Railway, is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway on Hayling Island, Hampshire, England. It is mainly a diesel operated railway, though from time to time the railway hires steam locomotives from other narrow gauge railways. It operates passenger trains between Beachlands and Eastoke Corner.

History[edit]

The Hayling Seaside Railway began life as the East Hayling Light Railway (EHLR), formed by Bob Haddock, a member of the society who in the mid-1980s attempted to reinstate the "Hayling Billy" Line.

Havant Borough Council had already decided to turn the disused railway line into a cycle-way and footpath which precluded any chance of rebuilding the line as standard gauge, the option preferred by the committee of the society. Some members including Haddock decided to create their own railway elsewhere on Hayling Island and after numerous setbacks, a site was found within the Mill Rythe Holiday Camp where the EHLR was constructed and ran successfully for many years.

Perhaps inspired by the success of the EHLR, Havant Council took the step of including a railway in their draft plan for Hayling's popular Pleasure Beach. Haddock submitted a plan for a narrow gauge railway to meet the Council's criteria, but the council refused planning permission. After a campaign lasting over 12 years, permission to build the railway was granted, but only after the Council's decision was overturned by the Department of the Environment.

Following closure of the EHLR at Mill Rythe, work started in October 2001 on the building of Beachlands Station on land leased from the neighbouring Funland Amusement Park. Work continued through 2002 and into 2003 and the line finally opened to passengers on 5 July 2003, re-christened as "The Hayling Seaside Railway". As of 2006 there was a mile of track in place and it was planned to extend it to the ferry terminal connecting the island with Portsmouth so providing a useful transport link. However, in 2015 the Portsmouth to Hayling ferry was withdrawn from operation due to the owners becoming bankrupt so this extension looks doubtful.

In the early part of 2015 after a lengthy period of campaigning to the local authority work started on a new depot at Eastoke Corner as the lease on the depot at Beachlands had run out.

Stock List[edit]

Here's a loco and stock list of what currently around the railway

Locos[edit]

Name Number Wheel Configuration Power Location
Alan B 1 4w Diesel HSR
Jack 3 0-4-0T Steam outline diesel HSR
Alistair 4 4w Diesel HNGRT
Edwin 5 4w Diesel HSR

Alistair was previously based on the Gartell Light Railway and before that Ffestiniog Railway

Coaches[edit]

1 L Class coach named Lisa

3 M Class coaches named Mavis, Michelle & Marilyn

Wagons[edit]

4 tippers
3 open sided 3-5 plank wagons
1 tanker
1 brakevan

Train Times[edit]

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays (except Christmas Day) all year round (subject to weather)[edit]

1st train from Beachlands 11am then every 45 minutes until dusk winter, or approx 16:30 summer but check on day of travel.
1st train from Eastoke 11.20am then every 45 minutes until dusk winter, or approx 16:30 summer but check on day of travel.

Wednesday (except Christmas Day) all year round (subject to weather)[edit]

1st train from Beachlands 10am then 11am following that every 45 minutes until dusk winter, or approx 16:30 summer but check on day of travel.
1st train from Eastoke 10.20am then 11.20am following thatevery 45 minutes until dusk winter, or approx 16:30 summer but check on day of travel.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays (except Christmas Day) during school holidays (subject to weather)[edit]

1st train from Beachlands 11am then every 45 minutes until dusk winter, or approx 16:30 summer but check on day of travel.
1st train from Eastoke 11.20am then every 45 minutes until dusk winter, or approx 16:30 summer but check on day of travel.

No service Christmas Day[edit]

See also[edit]

British narrow gauge railways

External links[edit]