Ian Edwards

Back in the late 1940's one of many miniature railways in the Island's railway history, ran immediately in front of the Lifeboat Inn, at pretty much the same location as today's Hayling Seaside Railway's Eastoke Corner terminus. The little pyramid roofed building just left of centre of the picture survived until very recently, and was [...]

Hayling Seaside Railway volunteer Ian Edwards, indulges in a few personal musings, on the the Island's railway history since closure of the Hayling Island branch line in 1963. And the forthcoming commemoration in 2013, of 50 years since its final trains by the Hayling’s BEST group’s 'Hayling Billy 50' project. “It's been a long road, getting' from there [...]

The former 'Hayling Billy' LB&SCR No:46 'Newington' is seen here in the 1980's at Havenstreet, proudly carrying its Southern Railway (IoW) identity W8 'Freshwater'. About to depart for Smallbrook Junction, where its passengers will be able to connect with British Rail, Network South-East services to Ryde, Brading, Sandown and Shanklin. Itself formed of vintage former London [...]

Here at Wootton station on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway we see preserved 'Terrier' No: W8 'Freshwater', originally the LB&SCR's No:46 'Newington' among its many guises, running 'round its train past the beautifully restored signal cabin that once served the loco's namesake IoW station. Terminus of the former Freshwater Yarmouth & Newport Railway's line [...]

In 1979 following its sojourn on a plinth outside of the 'Hayling Billy' public house, 'Terrier' No:46 'Newington' was donated by its owners Brickwoods Brewery, to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway at Havenstreet. Where returned to full working order and resplendent in the Southern Railway's 'Maunsell' olive green livery, as their No: W8 'Freshwater'. [...]

Following ownership by its builders the LB&SCR, transfer to the neighbouring London & South Western Railway, resale to the Isle of Wight's Freshwater, Yarmouth & Newport Railway, service with the Southern Railway, and nationalisation as part of British Railways. No:46 'Newington' continued its wanderings well into preservation era, going first to Droxford as part of [...]

In the 1980's the Bluebell Railway modified the 'Stroudley Improved Engine Green' livery, of their preserved 'Terrier' No:55 'Stepney', to represent long scrapped sister locomotive DS377 'Brighton Works'. Seen here in the platforms at Horsted Keynes station, the original DS377 was originally built as No:35 'Morden', and as the Brighton Works shunter carried an LB&SCR [...]

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