Aberfan coal powered Hayling Billy

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Funnells horse-drawn wagonettes outside Clarence Pier, Southsea, in the early 2000s.

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Last week I wrote about the Aberfan disaster of October 21, 1966. The Merthyr Vale Colliery overlooked the village and, believe it or not, coal from the mine actually fuelled the Hayling Billy – the steam train that ran from Havant to Hayling Island. And to prove it, here’s a consignment note loaned to me by Havant historian Ralph Cousins.