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EVENTS to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Hayling Billy railway line will end this weekend.

Up to 20 model railway layouts will be on display at Hayling Island Community Centre, in Station Road, West Town.

The venue is not far from the site of the island’s former railway station.

There will be two layouts representing the Hayling Billy, as well as a quarry layout of Purbeck Mine in Dorset and an interactive Thomas the Tank Engine to entertain the younger enthusiasts.

On Hayling seaside railway, the Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust’s 1919 Bagnall steam locomotive ‘Wendy’ will be running services between Beachlands and Eastoke Corner. Doors to the exhibition open at 10am on Saturday and Sunday, closing at 5pm on Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday.

The first steam train leaves Beachlands at 10am and 10.20am from Eastoke and then runs every 45 minutes through the day.

All proceeds will go to East Hayling Light Railway Society volunteer projects, including the build of a new steam locomotive to run at the seaside.

This year’s events have been organised by Hayling’s BEST, Havant’s Spring Arts Centre, Hayling Island Amateur Dramatic Society, Langstone Community Association, Cycle Hayling, and the East Hayling Light Railway Society.