Walks, talks and exhibition to commemorate Hatfield to St Albans railway line

PUBLISHED: 12:14 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 07 September 2018

A train makes its way through Smallford station while travelling the Hatfield to St Albans railway line.

A train makes its way through Smallford station while travelling the Hatfield to St Albans railway line.


Lots of activities are afoot to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of the Hatfield to St Albans railway line.

Fifty years ago this December, the last train ran along the line – the track bed of which is now The Alban Way.

To commemorate, the Smallford Station and Alban Way Heritage Society is planning walks, talks and an exhibition.

Opening this Sunday, September 9 until October 7, Mill Green Museum in Hatfield will hold an exhibition entitled ‘Beginnings’, illustrating over 100 years of history of the branch line and including artefacts that have never previously been displayed.

Visitors can also tour the rest of the museum and see its working water mill.

On Sunday September 23 at 10am, there will be a guided walk along a stretch of the old line from Hatfield Station to Colney Heath Lane, which remained open until 1968.

At the University of Hertfordshire Law Building on October 23, there’s an opportunity to hear about the ups and downs of the railway and meet Roger Taylor who, along with Brian Anderson, has written a book about the line’s history.

The presentation ‘The Varying Fortunes of the Hatfield-St Albans Railway’ will include heritage footage of the line and will take place at 7pm.

Book this talk by emailing info@smallford.org.

An evening walk, lit by candles and torches, will also be led from Smallford Station to Nast Hyde Halt from 7pm on Wednesday, October 30.

Families are welcome at this spooky pre-Halloween walk, and there will be a small gift for every young person in Victorian costume.

Hot soup, hot dogs and hamburgers on sale from Colney Heath WI in a walking evening of fun and games.

Walkers will meet at Smallford Station car park from 6.30pm.

To book places on the walks, email albanwaywalks@smallford.org.

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