The history of the Hayling Billy is alive

ENGINE Peter Minshull examines an exhibit at the Hayling Billy display at The Spring in Havant. Picture: Mick Young (132654-01)

ENGINE Peter Minshull examines an exhibit at the Hayling Billy display at The Spring in Havant. Picture: Mick Young (132654-01)

Titchfield schoolchildren get stuck in to new equipment provided by Fareham College pupils

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ALL aboard! The history of the Hayling Billy line has come alive 50 years after the Hayling Island railway service was closed for good.

This year has seen a series of events take place to commemorate the closure of the railway line in 1963 as part of the Beeching cuts, which saw branch lines and rural services closed for good.

The Hayling Billy ran for almost 100 years, crossing the wooden Langstone harbour bridge. And now those who travelled on it, as well as youngsters who are learning about it, are able to see replicas of the service and its locomotives as part of an exhibition at The Spring arts centre in Havant.

The exhibition, on until November 8, also covers topics such as those who worked on the line, the oysterbeds flanking it, and its wildlife.

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