Celebrating 150 years of the Alban Way

Alban Way trail

Alban Way trail - Credit: Archant

Families will be flocking to a former railway to mark its 150th anniversary this weekend.

Two days of celebrations have been organised along Alban Way, now a public cycle and footpath from St Albans to Hatfield, to mark its opening 150 years ago.

Friday will be 150 years since the St Albans Railway Company ran its first train on the line and events on Sunday will celebrate the re-opening of the it as a path in 1985, having closed in 1968.

A guided walk along the line will take place on Friday with a presentation on the history to take place in the evening at the University of Hertfordshire.

Sunday is set to be a fun-packed family day with events taking place across the district, including a five mile ‘Railway to Cycleway’ trail along the path.


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The Smallford Old Station will have food and drink from the Colney Heath Women’s Institute, miniature railway rides, and a miniature traction engine alongside numerous models and archives.

The St Albans London Road Old Station will have music from Young Miscellany, photo galleries and tours of the nearby watercress beds. St Albans South Signal Box will also be open.

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All events are free but donations would be appreciated.

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