The line, which opened in 1897, was also known as Hundred of Manhood and Selsey Tramway.
It was opened as a rail "tramway" in order to avoid having to comply with regulations that managed conventional railways in the United Kingdom.
In December 1910 the line was flooded when an embankment failed at Pagham Harbour. It was not reinstated so work had to be carried out to raise the line above the waters.
Some accounts say that the line never really recovered from the cost of this engineering work.
Although the line was successful before the First World War, it suffered financially as road transport increased in the 1920s. Despite attempts to be more efficient through modernisations, such as the introduction of petrol driven rail car services ...
... the railway closed to all traffic in January 1935.
One significant piece infrastructure was a lifting bridge (of a very basic design) over the Chichester Canal.
Station facilities were not lavish as here at Selsey.
Sadly there is almost no evidence of the existence of the line today; a couple of bridge abutments and a dotted line on a modern map ...
... replicated to the right of this aerial view.
And there we have it again; the title "Manhood Peninsula".
So what was the "Hundred of Manhood". A "Hundred" was an ancient "local authority" with its own court and many of its own laws. The Hundred of Manhood was part of the Rape (yes, Rape!) of Chichester.
The Manhood Peninsula was formerly known as the Hundred of Manhood, in the Rape of Chichester.The Rape was a county sub-division peculiar to Sussex. In AD681 St Wilfrid arrived in the land of the South Saxons and spent five years there evangelising them. The South Saxons had been conquered by Wessex and it was their king, Cædwalla, who confirmed a grant to Wilfrid of 87 hides of land in AD683, to build a monastery.
The Chapel of St Wilfrid still stands in the village of Church Norton, near Selsey.
For the record, Stagecoach provides the current bus service between Chichester and Selsey.
Every 15 minutes Monday to Friday, every 30 minutes on Sunday. Probably a bit more frequent than the former "tramway"