Accident on the Hayling Railway, 1891 – Ann Griffiths

Portsmouth News December 1891
On Wednesday afternoon a serious accident occurred on the Havant to Hayling railway. A train that starts from Havant at 2.05 left the rails shortly after leaving North Hayling station. Only the engine and part of the first carriage went off the line, the remainder of the train being saved by the use of the steam brake.

The train was brought to a standstill within about half its length and the passengers afterwards proceeded to South Hayling none the worse for their shaking . The cause of the accident is attributed to the heavy rains and to the fact that part of the railway is generally under the water at high tide, thereby causing the ground and the sleepers to become so soft as not to be able to hold the rails in place.

Under the direction of Mr Mitchell, the stationmaster of South Hayling, traffic was reopened in two hours. While the line was closed passengers were conveyed to and from the island by road.

Telegram from Hayling Station to Havant Station referring to 1891 derailment – Richard Barton Collection

Telegram reads : Engine and two carriages off the road just this side of North Hayling. Send trolly with jacks & packing at once. Telegram and caption by Richard Barton 

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  • Richard Barton 23 October, 2012, 2:27 pm

    The report of oysters being transported from Whitstable was puzzling until, during an all-to-brief visit to Havant Museum last Saturday, I came across a press cutting from 1888 describing the oyster trade. Apparently oysters were spawned in France and over wintered at Hayling Island for three successive years. Each summer the oysters were transported to Whitstable- the quantity mentioned was 700 tons. Today I received details of a South Eastern railway record of 26th April 1895, describing 7 tons of oysters from the Seasalter Farm being loaded onto two wagons for shipment to Hayling Island.

    Does anyone know how long this method lasted of transporting oysters between summer and winter locations and how the oysters would have been transported- eg in barrels?

    I have posted a copy of this reply in the History section.