The Nickey Line Photo Gallery

Part of the Lost Rails project

This page was added on 03/03/2011.

Add your comment about this page

Your email address will not be published.

  • I remember as a child in 1955 having to have my tonsils removed at Hemel Hospital. The children’s ward faced the railway embankment. It was fabulous watching and hearing the freight trains pass in the night. In 1964 I found and lifted a cast iron commemorative plate fixed to a rotting sleeper. It was to celebrate the opening of the line to Harpenden. The opening celebration took place near the gas works siding.

    By Chris Makin (30/06/2019)
  • Beumonts Halt was at the top of our garden in Hempstead Road, Redbourn. Mr Saunders was the crossing keeper and lived in the house shown in the picture. He had two children with whom I used to play. I think the son was called Tony. If we were very good Mr Saunders used to let us wave the flag for the train passing through. If we were very, very good we were sometimes allowed to ride through the gates in the engine. Wonderful childhood memories. Sad to see it all derelict. No-one ever came to do anything to the site once they closed it down. It was down to those driving the train to open and close the gates. Fortunately, the lane up to Flowers Farm saw very little traffic so this was not an onerous task.

    By Sharman Brown nee Draper (17/01/2018)
  • The photograph captioned as “a goods train passing through Redbourn station” is actually Hemel Hempsted (Midland Rly spelling).

    By David Ford (30/01/2017)
  • Lovely photograph. This was part of my playground when I was growing up ! But that is not a tank engine, it’s a 4F Midland or LMS tender engine.

    By David Ford (10/12/2015)
  • I remember this day very well even after all this time.The special train was announced in the Gazette a couple of weeks previously and a fair few people tuned out on what I recall was a fine day to see the nicely turned out loco and two coaches. After returning from Heath Park Halt with the engine tender first,the train departed from Midland Road station and barked it’s way up the incline (a fearsome bank and a test for any engine and crew) and disappeared towards Harpenden.I can still remember watching from my bedroom window in Cemmaes Court Road as time and time again a goods train struggled up the bank and stalled and having to set back to the station and drop off a couple of wagons in order to attack the 1 in 39 incline again.Great sounds and greater memories!


    By Richard KEEN (28/01/2015)
  • In 1961 this would have been Hemel Hempstead station. The name Boxmoor station ceased to exist back in the 50s.

    By John Newberry (18/10/2013)