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Description based on material supplied by the layout owner
Just off the south coast of England is Hayling Island.
At the end of the ninetenth century a railway had been constructed for the use of goods and the local community. After the Second World War, it became a well-visited holiday resort during the summer months by both holidaymakers and day-trippers. A very intense regular passenger service was operated to cater for the visitors to the island.
The Terrier class of locomotive, which was designed by William Stroudley, was not the only type of locomotive to use this line. In the early days, there was a very wide range of small steam locomotives used. However, by the turn of the century the Terriers were the main source of motive power.
The wooden trestle bridge was the eventual reason for the closure of this line, the elements from the sea taking their toll on the structure. For ths reason, the Terriers, due to their light-weight, lasted until closure of the line in 1963.
One of the Terriers that were used on the line ended up as a public house sign on the island. It has has since been returned to traffic on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
This was my first laout designed for exhibition use and a Iwanted to have a go at building almost everything from scratch. The track, buildings and some rolling stock are mostly hand-built, either from kits of adaptation of kits.
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