Above, we see locomotive No:3 “Jack”, an 0-4-0 Steam Outline Diesel-Hydraulic built by Alan Keef Engineering of Ross-on-Wye. Still in its fully lined out ‘works finish, outside its shed at the line’s Mill Rythe depot.
The original EHLR was built in 1988 and ran entirely within the grounds of the Island’s Mill Rythe Holiday Camp.
Here we see locomotive No:3 “Jack”, entering the simple wooden platform at Mill Rythe, hauling a train of wooden bodied four-wheeled carriages built on site by EHLR Society volunteers.
Sadly problems with public access to the site, meant that the line was never to realise its true commercial potential, and it closed in 2001 to relocate to a new site on the seafront. Where it became today’s Hayling Seaside Railway, which since 2003 has operated between Beachlands and Eastoke Corner.
Jack and these coaches were to form the basis of the fleet when operations transferred to the seafront in 2003, to become the Hayling Seaside Railway.
The coaches have since been replaced by more spacious and comfortable bogie stock, more suited to operations on the new line. All four of the original EHLR coaches have however found good homes elsewhere, having been sold on to the Tinkers Barn Railway in Sussex, and the Old Kiln Light Railway in Surrey. where they continue to provide good service to their new operators.