The volunteers of the Hayling Seaside Railway will be holding their bi-annual Model Railway Exhibition, over the weekend of the 7th and 8th November between 10am and 4.30pm at the Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Rd, Hayling Island, PO11 0HB. Featuring up to 25 exhibitors and displays, including scale model railway layouts of various scales and gauges, plus trade and railway society stands.
A vintage bus link operated by the Corporation of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot, will connect the show hall in West Town with the H.S.Râ€™s Eastoke Corner terminus. where a regular â€˜Hayling Seaside STEAM passenger train service will run on the one mile narrow gauge light railway, beside Hayling Bay to Beachlands. Hauled by visiting locomotive â€˜Jack Laneâ€™, courtesy of Graham Lee and the Statfold Barn Railway.
The Seaside Railwayâ€™s first Model Railway shows were held in the lineâ€™s workshops at Beachlands, but their popularity soon outgrew their cosy confines. The 2013 â€˜Hayling Billy 50â€™ project, marking the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Havant to Hayling Island branch line, provided the impetus to relocate the event to larger premises away from the railway itself. A move rewarded with over a thousand visitors over two days.
With even more hall space booked for this yearâ€™s event, we are looking forward to bringing even more people to Hayling this time around. With visitors to Eastoke Corner, also able to view progress on the building of the railwayâ€™s new â€œHayling Billy Depotâ€. While visiting and enjoying the wares of the Islandâ€™s many popular pubs, restaurants, cafÃ©â€™s and shops.
All attractions are of course subject to availability on the day. Light refreshments will also be available in the show hall. For more about our railway and the show, including the latest updates as the event evolves, please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/haylingrailway