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Hythe Pier Railway and Hythe Pier

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2013

The narrow gauge railway (2ft gauge) which links Hythe with Hythe Pier Head is an integral part of the Hythe Ferry. The delightful narrow gauge electric train which dates from 1922 connects with each sailing of the Hythe Ferry to and from Southampton Town Quay. For further information on the Hythe Pier, Railway and Ferry see Wikipedia and the Hythe Ferry web site.
Locomotive #'2 outside the depot at Hythe.
Locomotive #1 can be seen heading a train towards the landward end of the pier as RED FALCON sails past enroute to Southampton.
A few moments later RED JET 4 heads towards West Cowes. White Horse Ferries connect with Red Funnel sailings to West and East Cowes and through fares are available from Hythe.
Locomotive #1 passes over the points leading to the depot at Hythe.
Loco #1 enters Hythe StationCarriage interiorOne of the many information plaques on the train and pierView from the carriage looking north.
Train at Hythe Pier Head Station. There is a driving cab at the seaward end from which the driver can control the locomotive. The flat wagon is used for conveying bulky luggage and parcels.
The train heads back to Hythe Station from the pier head - viewed from HOTSPUR IV.
The above three views show Hythe Pier Head viewed from Southampton Water. The company's other ferry GREAT EXPECTATIONS is on the landward side of the landing stage.
The Hythe Pier Railway oil tanker used to carry bunkering oil along the pier for the ferries
The train arrives at Hythe Pier Head ready to pick up passengers who have just arrived from Southampton Town Quay.
Hythe Station with ticket office on the right.
Locomotives #1 and #2 at Hythe.
Locomotive #1 - the crude numbering of the locomotive is interesting. One wonders why some numbers could not be obtained from the local DIY store!
 

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