Hastings celebrates 70th anniversary in style

THE 10¼in-gauge Hastings Miniature Railway (HMR) held a 70th anniversary gala on June 2-3, with all available resident locos joined by visitors.

These were No. 6100 Royal Scot, from the private Ingfield Light Railway, West Sussex (similar to the original HMR Bassett-Lowke loco of 1938); Firefly, the original HMR Bullock 0-6-0; and Meteor IV (Shepperton 2-4w-2DM), from Vanstone Woodland Railway, Hertfordshire.

Star of the Hastings June 2-3 gala was 0-6-0 Firefly (HCS Bullock 3007). Built in 1936 as an 0-6-0PT it was rebuilt as a 0-6-0 tender loco in 1945, and was one of the HMR’s early locos. Now based on Kerr’s Miniature Railway, Arbroath, Scotland, it also visited the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway’s Surrey & Border & Camberley Railway gala on June 16, and was set to return to Hastings for an event on June 30-July 1. Picture: TERRY BLACKMAN

A similar event was due to take place on June 30-July 1, with the annual gala on September 29-30 also expected to see a number of interesting visitors.

HMR has been much enhanced since a change of ownership in 2010.

The railway opened in 1948 in Old Town, Hastings, East Sussex, where it runs alongside The Stade, home of Europe’s largest beach-based fishing fleet, famous for its large net shops.

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