The History of the Hayling Island Line

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 calledBranch 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.


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  • Hayling Billy 50 26 November, 2012, 7:48 pm

    Thank you Robin

    Your information about this book is very welcome. Perhaps we need to add a list of recommended reading and/or viewing material. This seems to be a terrific source of information for modellers and historians. I shall see if I can get hold of a copy.


  • ChairmanFish 27 November, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Sounds like a rare find!Best of luck in your search, Peter.

    • Hayling Billy 50 27 November, 2012, 4:02 pm

      I have searched the Hampshire library service but they do not hold a copy of this publication. I have put in a request via the inter library service to see what they come up with.

      I shall now do an internet search.


      I have found several used copies on the internet. Price ranging from £14.99 to £25.00. It is hardback with 144 pages. I have purchased one copy which I shall review and add to Robin’s comments above.