The Hayling Island Branch: The Hayling Billy (Pen & Sword)

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This photographic album contains mainly black & white images of the Hayling Island Branch line. The line was a very popular sea-side line which ran from Havant to Hayling Island, via Langston Harbour. In 1865 the line opened to freight traffic and in 1867 for passenger use. Following a few years of local control, as part of the London Brighton & South Coast Railway, in 1923 as a result of the railway grouping it became a part of the Southern Railway. Trains running on the line were formed from a collection of vintage coaching stock and were headed by the Stroudley Terrier class tank locomotives. In 1948 the branch became part of the Southern Region of British Railways, operating as a local line until its closure in November 1963. Nowadays the track bed is a walking trail, with only the former goods shed at Hayling Island to show the railway's existence. Photographs cover the line from the 1930s through to closure of the line in 1963. Also includes a brief history of the line and a look at the locomotives and rolling stock used throughout the line’s history. Photographs are presented in one-per-page format with a caption at the foot of each page. Hardback. 176 pages.

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