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Hayling Island Branch

Here 32646 and its train are approaching North Hayling. Note the twisting route, despite the flat terrain.

photograph by Keith Harwood

A Hayling Train
 
A Hayling Train An unidentified Terrier arriving at North Hayling Halt. Photographers seem to be more in evidence than passengers!

photograph: Mike Morant collection

 
The rudimentary platform at North Hayling. A traditional style of halt, North Hayling was of entirely wooden construction and was situated a little way to the south of Langstone Bridge. Somewhat remote and little used, the only means of access was by footpath from a road out of sight to the right of the photograph.

photograph by Keith Harwood

32670 Departs Hayling
 
The line saw quite a lot of freight activity, usually transported in mixed trains which meant that the up train would be diverted at Havant away from the bay platform and into the Down main platform where the loco from that day's pick-up goods would shunt the Hayling wagons across to the yard. Mixed trains were allowed an extra four minutes for the journey over the normal 13 allowed to passenger trains, which frequently made the journey in less time anyway. Intermediate shunting was very rare, maybe the occasional wagon for Langston, so there was unlikely to be any delay to the passengers on this line. The normal loading for the passenger service was two coaches, though on summer weekends this would be increased to a maximum of four, still an insufficient number for those heady days of yore when as many as 500 people would want to travel the line!
 
Hayling Island Hayling Island station in 1963. Terrier 32646 has left its coaches in the main platform and run back to the coaling stage which is out of sight to the top right of this picture.

photograph by Keith Harwood

 
A closer view of the station buildings at Hayling Island. The beginning of the station canopy has been removed leaving no protection for passengers when leaving the booking office during inclement weather.

photograph by Keith Harwood

Pier
 
32670 Departs Hayling The trains invariably ran bunker first on the return trip from Hayling Island. 32646 and its train are just departing from Hayling Island station.

photograph by Keith Harwood

 
The signal cabin at Hayling was a small ground-level affair at the Havant end of the platforms. During the final year of operation, A1x Terrier Nº32670 has just departed bunker first from the longer of the two platforms with a train comprising a non-corridor Mk1 coach and a Bulleid brake.

photograph by Keith Harwood

A Hayling Train

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