New depot for Hayling Island seaside heritage rail line

A new depot for a heritage railway on the Hampshire Coast has opened. The volunteer-run Hayling Seaside Railway has been operating since 2003 but needed permanent facilities for storing and maintaining engines and rolling stock.

The two foot gauge line runs about one mile (1.6km) along the seafront. A new £100,000 depot has been built on the seafront at Eastoke Corner.

Volunteer Cliff Robinson said it would “ensure the railway has a future”.

He said the new depot was the culmination of a five-year effort and would allow the group to operate vintage steam and diesel engines more frequently on the line.