SIR, — Your feature on the Abbey Flyer line (Herts Advertiser, April 24) mentions doubt over the position of the original Park Street Station. The Ordnance Survey six-inch-to-the-mile map of 1883 certainly shows Park Street Station and a signal box adjace
SIR, - Your feature on the Abbey Flyer line (Herts Advertiser, April 24) mentions doubt over the position of the original Park Street Station.
The Ordnance Survey six-inch-to-the-mile map of 1883 certainly shows Park Street Station and a signal box adjacent to the Hyde Lane crossing. Regretfully the exact position of the platform is not shown graphically, only as a text statement. It seems very likely that the position would have been exactly where How Wood Station is now situated. This is because just on the St Albans side of the crossing, a temporary branch line had been built crossing Watling Street to assist with the construction of the Midland Main Line through to St Albans City Station and the north.
This "branch" was on an embankment which now forms one boundary of the Park Street Lane recreation ground and also gives rise to the adjacent Branch Road. One of the bridge abutments on Watling Street can still be seen while the other was demolished a few years ago.
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