The Hayling Seaside Railway are pleased to announce that a visiting steam locomotive has been confirmed for their Steam and Model Railway event over the weekend of 7th and 8th November. Due to the unforeseen unavailability of the previously advertised engine trains between Eastoke Corner and Beachlands are now scheduled to be pulled by visiting steam locomotive Jack Lane courtesy of Graham Lee and the Statfold Barn Railway in Staffordshire.
Contrary to what you might expect Jack Lane is not named after a person. But after the area of Leeds that was once home to the famous Hunslet Locomotive Works suppliers of railway engines and equipment to Britain The Empire and the World. Among the smallest products in that companys extensive catalogue was a class of diminutive narrow gauge steam locomotive. Popularly known as the Quarry Hunslets due to the large numbers of the type employed in the slate quarries of North Wales.
Built principally in batches of varying detail and dimensions between 1870 and 1932. Jack Lane is a much later addition to the already prolific type. Constructed by the Hunslet Steam Company now relocated to the workshops of the Statfold Barn Railway as recently as 2006. In recent years many HSR volunteers have enjoyed the hospitality of Graham and the Statfold team while volunteering as steam footplate crew on the extensive private railway. We would like to thank them for making this fine locomotive available to us.
More on the Model Railway Show Hayling Seaside Steam and the vintage bus link connecting them is available at https://www.facebook.com/haylingrailway and will be updated as the event evolves. More about Jack Lane and our friends at the Stafold Barn Railway can be found at http://www.statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk/locomotives_jack_lane.php