As part of my (nearly completed) research into the Hayling Island line prior to building a model of it, I was told about a valuable book – as good if not better than any other that has been published. I believe it might be out of print now but a reader’s local library service should be able to locate one from within their own resources or from an adjoining County Library service.
The book is called “Branch Lines of the Southern Railway – Volume 1″ by George Reeves & Chris Hawkins, produced by Wild Swan Publications (ISBN 0 906867010). It contains an excellent 30-page article on the Hayling Island line with 64 photographs (including some I have not seen published anywhere else) Plus scale drawings of all the station buildings and track plans etc. on the Hayling Island line. (It also has excellent articles on The Crowhurst Sidley & Bexhill Railway; the Borden Light Railway and the Swanage Railway if any reader is interested in them in particular).
I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the Hayling Island Line or wanting to do any ‘deep’ research into the line.