Museum of St Albans on track with Lost Rails

THE story of how the coming of the railways changed the way people lived and worked in Victorian Hertfordshire can be found in an exhibition at the Museum of St Albans until the end of February.

Lost Rails, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the county council and Herts Highways, is a project to celebrate the heritage of former railway branch lines.

It also looks at how the invention of the car gradually led to the closure of many branch lines and the uses they are now put to.

It is enabling local people to share memories of and learn about the social history of the branch lines that operated across the county, including those from Hemel Hempstead to Harpenden, Wheathampstead to Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield to St Albans.

Significant parts of some of those routes are now used for walking and cycling, notably the Nickey Line and Alban Way.

The exhibition, which is a partnership between St Albans Museums Service and local charity Groundwork Herts, runs until February 27 and more information can be found at Admission is free.