The friendly railway service 1950’s

I had an interesting conversation with Vice Admiral Sir John Lea (retired) yesterday who told me about his experience on the Hayling Billy.

He told me that he used to commute, by rail, between Portsmouth Dockyard and his home on Hayling Island. The railwaymen on the branch line got to know some of the regulars and sometimes stopped the train, at locations other than the stations, to allow passengers to alight. In Sir John’s case, the train stopped at Saltmarsh lane which, at the time, was only a short walk to home.

This went on for some time until someone in London heard about it and put a stop to the practise.

Can anyone else remember this?

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