Audio memories

Lost railways of Hertfordshire

By N White

Barry Ellis, born 1939, discusses his time working as a fireman on the trains in Hatfield.
Barbara Owen recalls her train journeys from Rickmansworth to school in Watford in the 1930s.
William (Bill) Parker recounts the many years he and his father spent working on various railway routes in Hertfordshire, including the Ayot Greenway, The Alban Way, The Cole Green Way and The Nickey Line
In 1942, Bernard Woodhouse started working on the local railways at the age of 15. In this interview he describes the kind of jobs he did - first as a cleaner then as a fireman.
In this interview, Clive Kessel talks about his time working in British Rail's signal department, covering the Ayot Greenway and Nickey Line routes, in the 1960s.
Dave Rayment, born in 1938, discusses some of his childhood memories and stories about life alongside The Bunt railway line.
Also born in 1938, Dennis Toyer talks about life in Wheathampstead, alongside the railway from Hatfield to Dunstable.

Listen to the memories of some of the people who worked on or used the branch lines in Hertfordshire using the clips below.

Interviews were conducted in 2010. All clips are copyright of St Albans Museums Service.

This page was added on 24/03/2011.

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  • My mother worked for Mr Harold Parker in the Station Master’s office at Welwyn Garden City railway station in the late 1950’s. I wonder if this is the Mr Parker mentioned in the audio tape, father to Mr Bill Parker?

    By Deborah Oughtibridge (10/01/2021)