During 2013 we established a very good relationship with the IoW Steam Railway. We secured an agreement to bring Freshwater back home for the 50th Anniversary commemoration which had to be cancelled because we could not raise the £6000 needed for the movement and the necessary security arrangements, This is the subject of another post and with 2017 being the 150th anniversary of the opening of the branch line to Hayling Island we may be successful then. What we need are some sponsors to make it happen.
We were given a platform building at Haven street station to put up displays and sell HB50 merchandise to raise funds for the project.
We displayed the Railway History panels and the wildlife panels in the building. We were very pleased with the number of visitors. They were of both gender and represented all age groups from children to senior citizens. Merchandise sales were also very good providing a good profit for the HB50 fund.
Some images over the two days
The first train of the day was operated as a double headed working with IoW No24 ‘Calbourne’ and IoW No8 ‘Freshwater’ at the head. The locomotives are seen here having come off shed and running round the coaching stock.
No 8 ‘Freshwater’ is the locomotive that was displayed at the Hayling Billy Pub on Hayling Island when it was painted in LB&SCR livery as LBSCR No 46 ‘Newington’; its original number and name.