Classic steam train will roll along Hayling Island seafront for weekend of railway celebrations

A CLASSIC steam train is set to relive its days of hauling passengers for a weekend of celebrations.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 28th July 2017, 11:48 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:23 am

Stafford-built locomotive, Wendy, will operate on The Hayling Seaside Railway next weekend.

She will run between Beachlands and Eastoke Corner – where the railway will open its new depot.

Owner of The Hayling Seaside Railway, Bob Haddock, is looking forward to welcoming Wendy on to the line.

He said: ‘It will be absolutely fantastic. She was built 98 years ago so she has a lot of history behind her.

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    ‘It’s great that we get the opportunity to enjoy operating a steam train.’

    Mayor of Havant Elaine Shimbart will officially open the railway’s new depot on Saturday, with a host of activities taking place across two days.

    Vintage tractors and motorbikes are set to park up at the Eastoke Corner site, where visitors can expect a tombola and stalls raising money for local charity.

    Mr Haddock said the relocation of The Hayling Seaside Railway’s depot was a welcome one.

    ‘We needed a larger and more modern building and that’s exactly what we have now.’

    Across the weekend, Wendy will be making frequent journeys along the seafront – with her first departure from Eastoke corner scheduled for 10am on Saturday.

    She will be pulling four carriages and 90 passengers and is sure to be a hit with youngsters, says Bob.

    ‘It’s wonderful watching children who have never seen a steam train before, they’re awe-inspiring machines up close.

    ‘I’d like to say thank you to all the people along the seafront who wave back to the children on the train.

    ‘They actually play a game on board called sweet and sour.

    ‘If you wave back, you’re sweet – and if you don’t... You can probably guess the rest!’

    The Hayling Seaside Railway has been operated from Beachlands by volunteers for the past 13 years.

    A family return ticket for the journey is £9.

    Celebrations for the opening of the Eastoke Corner depot will run from 10am until 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6.