Richard Barton Collection Terrier No 643 "Gipsyhill" leaving Langstone with a Hayling Island train in the early 1900s. Note the replacement wooden number plate and the bunker filled with coal. The typical branch train is composed of a Passenger Brake Van, a 5 compartment Third, a 4 compartment First/Second Composite and a Passenger Brake [...]
This map shows the rural nature of Hayling Island and the new housing developments on the east of the Island. It also shows the original route of the Hayling railway as authorised by the 1860 Act of Parliament, running on an embankment to the proposed docks near the Portsmouth - Hayling Ferry. The 1864 Act [...]
Trevor handed me some photographs and a disc containing images of the station area in 1972 (9 years after closure). At this time, the station site was being used as a Havant Borough Depot.
This shows the station in its original form, without the ticket extension to the rear and with herringbone brickwork in the south wall. There is a tantalising glimpse of the wooden engine shed which, until 1894, was situated on a siding behind the end of the platform. The engine shed was originally at Petworth, whilst [...]
Portsmouth News 6 April 1942 An impudent Robbery has been carried out at Hayling Railway Station, where one of the automatic cigarette machines has been uncovered from a post and removed. The theft took place after the last train on Wednesday night. As the machine was too bulky to carry far by hand, a vehicle of some [...]
This lengthy train included 7 open wagons and guards van heading towards Havant. With the imminent closure of the Hayling branch line, the regular mixed train was used to remove the goods vehicles from Hayling Station goods yard. This train was the 14:58 train to Havant.
The locomotive has run round its train and is in the process of moving the freight wagons into the goods yard (to the left where the van is located). Mixed freights always had the goods vehicles attached at the rear of the train, passenger coaches were attached to the locomotive. The coaling stage can be [...]
A classic photo taken from the starter signal platform, a style often used by AA Bell and hence, in the absence of further information, I have credited him with this. A typical summer scene with two trains present at the platforms. The platform to the right was called the 'bay' platform and at this time [...]
Summer services were very frequent to the very end. This image depicts a typical scene in the 1960's. The train on the left, in the main platform, has just arrived from Havant and the loco is running round the train to be attached at the other end of the carriages. The train on the right, [...]