Station Name: NAST HYDE HALT

[Source: Nick Catford]
Date opened: 1.2.1910
Location: On the west side of Ellenbrook Lane
Company on opening: Great Northern Railway
Date closed to passengers: 1.10.1951
Date closed completely: 1.10.1951
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland/Eastern Region)
Present state: Overgrown platform alongside the Alban Way was partially restored in 2015. There is a replica saign, signal and interpretation panel.
County: Hertfordshire
OS Grid Ref: TL210078
Date of visit: October 1967 & June 1975

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 in 1942.

The Hatfield - St. Albans branch was an early casualty under British Railways, closing throughout to passengers on 1st October 1951; freight traffic lingered until 1968.

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.

Nast Hyde Halt was opened in 1910 to serve a new residential area; local folklore also says that it was opened at the instigation of one local householder Oliver Bury who used the line to commute to Kings Cross. It replaced a former siding on the same site.

Tickets from Michael Stewart.

Click here to see a 10 minute colour film of the St. Albans branch in 1968. It includes Nast Hyde level crossing.

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, Hill End, Smallford & Lemsford Road Halt

Nast Hyde Halt in October 1967. Although closed to passengers in 1951 the line continued toi carry freight traffic until 1968
hoto by Nick Catford

1924 1:2,500 OS map. The halt stood on the site of a former siding. The crossing keepers cottage is seen on the opposite side of the crossing.

Nast Hyde Halt in October 1967
hoto by Nick Catford

Nast Hyde Halt looking north-east in early 1970's, The crossing keeper's cottgage is partially obscured to the right of the crossing. The cottage is extant.
Photo by Ian Baker

Nast Hyde Halt in June 1975
Photo by Nick Catford

Looking south-west at the heavily overgrown Nast Hyde Halt in April 2004
Photo by Nick Pedley

At some time a totem sign was mounted on a tree close to the halt. Although the sihn is tatty and very rusty around the edges, Nast Hyde Halt never had totems so it is a replica.
Photo by Penny Carr

In 2015 the undergrowth was partially cleared and new fencing and a replica sign were installed.
Photo by Richard Francis



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[Source: Nick Catford]

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