Collision at Hayling Station 1891

An alarming accident happened on the Hayling railway on Monday morning. The engine generally employed on that line had been in Portsmouth for repairs and was returning to Hayling in charge of a Portsmouth driver and fireman, when, on arrival at Havant, four ‘waggons’ loaded with oysters from Whitstable and a brake van in which rode a porter, were attached to it.

It is the usual custom to leave the carriages forming the Hayling train, standing against the platform of the Island station and they were so situate when the brakes of the incoming train refused to act, presumably because of the slippery state of the metals. The driver was unable to avert a collision with the empty carriages, which were badly damaged. The brake van also had its buffers broken and was generally knocked out of shape and the engine was also slightly damaged.

The carriages were removed to a siding and the service was commenced with a third class coach and a guard’s van, in which passengers proceeded to Havant. Mr Charles, the South Hayling station-master, did everything in his power to make them comfortable. Had the accident occurred twenty minutes later the result must have been very serious for passengers generally take their seats before the engine is attached for the eight o’clock train.

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  • Richard Barton 6 August, 2012, 8:29 pm

    A very interesting and unusual accident. I assume this is from a newspaper report. Could Langstonian confirm which paper. One puzzle is that the accident, although there was substantial damage, is not recorded in the Railway Archive website of accident reports by the Railway Commissioners. A further puzzle is that the usual engine in 1892 was probably “Bognor”, which is recorded as being repaired in the autumn of 1892, but in September , two months before the accident- assuming all dates are correct.

  • Richard Barton 11 August, 2012, 9:09 pm

    A very interesting posting, which I assume comes from a local newspaper. Could Langstonian confirm the source. What is interesting but frustrating is that this accident is not listed in the Board Of Trade Accident Reports for the period- surprising because there was a good deal of damage. The normal branch engine at this time was the Kitson 0-4-2 “Bognor” and this is recorded as being repaired in the Autumn of 1892 but in September, whereas the accident is recorded as November!!

    A friend in the South Eastern Society thinks that the oysters would have been transported in standard high round ended SER wagons. Presumably the oysters were acquired from Whitstable for the oyster beds at North Hayling but because the siding there faced Havant, the wagons would have been shunted into the siding by the next Havant bound train.

  • Richard Barton 23 October, 2012, 2:31 pm

    Sorry- I posted new information on the oyster trade by mistake on the next topic- the 1891 Accident.