A driver’s view of Hayling station

Fond memories  of the approach to Hayling  station, but only for the  train crew, not the public.

Fond memories of the approach to Hayling station, but only for the train crew, not the public.

The Land-plane, a variant of the Portsmouth Aerocar, at Portsmouth Airport in an artists impression taken from a sales brochure.

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This view of the approach to Hayling station will bring back fond memories for former drivers and firemen who crewed the diminutive locomotives that hauled trains from Havant to Hayling Island. Strange that there was always a North Hayling station but this one was never called South Hayling.

Close to the ground on the right can be seen the rodding and cables that operated the points and signals on the approach to the bay and main platforms and to the goods yard on the left. These were all operated from the ground-frame between the platforms. I do not know the reason for the hut on the far right.

The starting signal on the right giving trains from the bay the right of way appears to have been of wood while the main platform signal is of steel.

The point work in the yard on the left would have been operated locally by the yard shunter and a point lever can be seen on the far left. A three-car train is waiting for its engine to be coaled before rejoining the train.

In the bay is a spare coach which would be added to a three-car train ready for the many day trippers returning in the late afternoon after a day on the beach. This was located at the bottom of the half-mile-long Staunton Road which began just outside the station and ran between the trees on the left in the distance.

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