The Alban Way Photo Gallery

Part of the Lost Rails Project

This page was added on 03/03/2011.

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  • I grew up with the Abby Flyer at the bottom of my garden with the level crossing forming part of my daily commute to school. I grew up playing on the line and I remember the old postal house that use to be on the level crossing. It was on the side of the track with the gravel Pitts behind it. I have been looking for years for a photo of the old house. Do you know if there are any photos of it.

    By Maria (19/03/2021)
  • Hi Washu. If you create an free account and log in, you’ll be able to create a post which you can add pictures to. We’d love to see your photos.

    By Nicholas Blatchley (23/08/2017)
  • Many thanks for the information, Peter. I’ve updated the credit for the image.

    By Nicholas Blatchley (23/08/2017)
  • The photo of Tony Brookes at the cycle barrier was taken by Peter Wares.

    By Peter Wares (20/08/2017)
  • How do i submit some curent pictures taken this year for you to use?

    By Washu (09/08/2017)
  • The loco is an N1 not a N2 from a ex Hornsey steam driver

    By Peter Smith (24/04/2014)
  • Great photos, thanks

    By Mick Bryce (21/03/2013)
  • To update my earlier reply, this passenger platform is not the original one for Sander’s Orchids, but the later replacement, built sometime after the Salvation Army took over the Campfield Press in 1901, but before the survey for the 1924 OS 25″ mapping. The original platform was on the same side but on the other side of Camp Road, with access directly into Sander’s nursery.

    By Alex Bell (27/01/2013)
  • Having studied this picture, 1897 25″ OS map and history of this railway, the platform of which the corner is visible in the bottom left of this picture, must be the original one provided for Sander’s Orchid nurseries staff and visitors. When the orchid enthusiast Frederick Boyle visited Sander’s 1892-3, the platform was in place and a linking reception area for visitors arriving by train was being built (see “An orchid farm” in “About Orchids – A Chat” by F Boyle, 1893). Sander’s siding (of 1890) is behind the photographer on the other side of Camp Road, and was connected to the nursery and this platform by a footbridge.

    By Alex Bell (27/01/2013)
  • Never eight bays! The terminus had one main platform – shown in the photo – and one bay platform.

    By Peter Lawrence (23/09/2012)
  • I question whether this is Hill End. The latter had a road level crossing with gates at the east end, not a sleeper crossing as shown. The buildings do not look burnt out – see the next photo for that!

    By Peter Lawrence (23/09/2012)
  • This is the passenger platform originally provided for Sanders’ Orchid staff, & subsequently used by Salvation Army staff. Sanders’ siding was on the same side but between the Dellfield – Vanda Crescent footpath (marked by the green posts and waysign in the picture) and the Camp Road bridge; it faced Hatfield, and had a brick built and paved platform long since cleared into the edge of the school field. The Salvation Army siding was on the other side of both the track and Camp Road bridge, with a loading bay directly into the works; the remains of its earth bank and sleeper buffer stop are still visible.

    By Alex Bell (25/06/2012)
  • Is this the Salvation Army station platform or the orchid platform? I have been told That only the passenger platform remains in the area.

    By Mike Gayton (30/05/2012)
  • LNER Class J52 No.68846 in GNR livery as No.1247 hauling an enthusiast brakevan trip on the Hatfield-St.Albans line. Locomotive is part of the National collection and is on static display at Shildon “Locomotion” museum.

    By David White (10/02/2012)
  • The picture is of the Abbey Line bay platform at Watford Junction not St.Albans Abbey station. A similar photo is in an Oakwood Press monograph No. 177 published in 1990 although that shows a later built locomotive. Regards, David White

    By David White (10/02/2012)
  • You’ve got it in one. Couldn’t have put it better.

    By Fleta (29/07/2011)
  • Thank you so much for this article, it saved me time!

    By Chaas (29/07/2011)
  • Great photos, many I have never seen.  The locomotive at Lemsford Road Halt is a Class N1 not N2.  The photo of the J52 at Hill End was taken on 17th June 1961(exactly 50 years ago).  The event was a Stephenson Locomotive Society Rail Tour.

    By Roger Taylor (10/06/2011)

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