This ½ milepost can still be seen in Havant, on the west side of the line, although sometimes it can be difficult to see. Southern Railway concrete pattern milepost - likely from the railway's own concrete works at Exmouth Junction.
Post Closure In 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 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: http://www.eastsomersetrailway.com/stock.php?num=S1000S
Here's what might have been had the Hayling Island Railway Society dreams been realised. Sorry about the poor quality but it's from an original photocopy. Still at least Haides managed to save the Goods shed from demolition.
Clearing through my garage I came across some old newsletters for the HIRS. These were circa late 1980's when another attempt was made to relaunch the railway as a working museum. Unfortunately it floundered for various reasons. As it was before the days of computers most were all hand typed and photocopied. I'm surprised more [...]
The Goods Shed (built 1900), at the railway terminus, was the only building to be spared when the line was demolished. Today it still stands as the cenrral part of the building named the Station Theatre.
This board is erected on the Hayling Billy Trail near the Station Theatre. It gives the history of the line to its closure in 1963. An interesting fact is that the opening of the line was delayed because it failed an inspection due to rotten sleepers but more interstingly, an illegal road crossing at Langstone [...]
The concrete piers on which the wooden viaduct was built can be seen here. The metal structure to the left of this image is all that remains of the southern pier of the swing bridge.