Post Closure In 1963

POST 1963
A lot has happened since 1963 and even more so if you count the first twenty years which happened naturally as the rot and decay set in along the line. Since then a huge number have been involved to breathe new life into the trail.

Let’s begin with a brief history since 1984……………….

The Langstone Oyster Beds were restored for nature conservation in 1996 / 97. The following describes the major civil engineering project which achieved this successful restoration and led to the site's designation as Havant Borough Council's first Local Nature Reserve From 1987 the Council explored various options for overcoming the problems of the Oysterbeds including [...]

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 [...]

This leaflet shows the proposals for replacing the Hayling Billy and the establishment of a Museum. Links to related articles/images on the website: Saving the Line from total closure - Blackpool Tram brought to Havant for potential use on the Hayling Branch (2) - Blackpool Tram brought to Havant for potential use on [...]

The first coach seen in the train is the unique S1000S which spent part of its short service life working on the Hayling Billy in 1963. Seen here at Cranmore, East Somerset Railway on 21st June 2008. Constructed from fibreglass, this was the plastic coach, completed at Eastleigh Works in 1962. For more details:

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