So, farewell Hayling Billy, 50 years after last train

A superb shot by Eric Grace  of the Hayling Billy crossing Langstone viaduct. The signal box must have been a lonely place to work on a winters day.
A superb shot by Eric Grace of the Hayling Billy crossing Langstone viaduct. The signal box must have been a lonely place to work on a winters day.
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As you may well know tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Hayling Billy line. This was the term given to the steam locomotives that hauled trains from Havant to Hayling Island.

There was a special run the following day hauled by A1X 32636 and 32670 and that was the last of the Hayling branch line.

To that end, there is an exhibition at the Spring Centre, Havant, from 10.15am until 3.15pm tomorrow.

The exhibition includes many photographs taken by the former men who worked the line.

Alan Wallbank will give a film show. He has collected, collated and edited many yards of film from the period and it’s sure to be of great interest.

On the professional photographer front there will be pictures from Alan Bell, Dave Pallett, Peter Drury and the late, and may I say great, railway photographer Eric Grace.

These photographs have been supplied by Michael G Harvey our local railway enthusiast. His paperback book Don’t Forget the Anorak is available from him at £6.99 including p&p. Contact Michael on (023) 9237 1215