Notes: St. Albans Abbey Station preceded the main line Midland
Railway station by 10 years; it became the terminus of two branch
lines, the LNWR line from Watford and the GNR line from Hatfield.
There were several early proposals to provide St. Albans with
a rail service and on 4th August 1853 the LNWR received parliamentary
approval to construct a line from Watford; the single track branch
opening on 4th May 1858. In 1861 the GNR lent its support to a
proposal to build a branch line from Hatfield in order to attract
some of the lucrative commuter revenue. Authority was obtained
on 30 June 1862 and the line was built by the Hatfield & St.
Albans Railway with the support of the GNR.
||The branch was opened on 16th October 1865 and
eventually absorbed into the GNR on 1st November 1883.
There was initially only one station at St. Albans (later
named St. Albans London Road) with further intermediate
stations opening at Smallford in 1866, Sanders Siding (later
Salvation Army Halt) in 1897, Hill End in 1899, Nast Hyde
in 1910 and Lemsford Road Halt in 1942. The halt was provided
The Hatfield - St. Albans branch was an early casualty
under British Railways, closing throughout to passengers
on 1st October 1951; freight traffic lingered into the 1960's.
The former line now forms 6½ miles long Alban
Way, which opened in 1985 as part of National Cycle Route
no. 61 between Hatfield and St. Albans. The route is owned by
the City & District Council of St. Albans, managed by the
Parks & Leisure Department, and Welwyn Hatfield Council. The
route acts as a 'wildlife corridor' within two busy urban areas
of Hertfordshire. The section along the old 'Smallford Trail'
is also a County Wildlife Site.
LEMSFORD ROAD HALT
Lemsford Road Halt was a late addition to the line being opened
for workmen in August 1942. It was a private Halt and did not
appear in public timetables and was not shown on maps. (It has
been added to the above map to show its position)
For further reading see Hertfordshire's
lost railways by Keith Scholey ISBN ISBN 1 84033231 X
See other stations on the St. Albans Abbey - Hatfield Line: St.
Albans London Road, Salvation
Army Halt, Smallford,
Nast Hyde Halt