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Hi All,

For those who haven't seen my lengthier post-visit email, here are my main observations, as requested:

My aim was to look at maps, railway-,related documents and any images that would help me to understand the development of the branch and Smallford Station, in particular in its latter days.

I managed to see a number of relevant maps and documents which related to them, and Jon Musk kindly helped with photography of the large-scale OS maps most pertinent to my aims; I look forward to seeing copies of the 'targeted' photos in particular, in due course.

Reassuringly, I learnt that I had not been led astray by any of the relevant material I had previously seen elsewhere, and that there was also a lot of interesting 'background' info in the Archives, to 'explain' developments more fully.

What I plan to do next is progress my developing ideas about the station area around  the late 50's/early 60's, if possible with more input from folk who have relevant memories of it, and possibly also the earlier history of Wilkins Green Terrace.

I'd like to visit HALS again, to ensure there's nothing else of importance to my researches in the Local Studies  Book collection (which I only had time to look at very selectively), in terms of images mostly, and will probably wait for a further group visit to be arranged to do this.

Alastair

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Facts about the Hatfield-St Albans Branch Line / Nast Hyde Halt
« on: March 12, 2013, 07:17:55 pm »
Hello All,

At our Feb. 4th 'gathering', there was some talk about the wooden 'hut' that had been on the Nast Hyde Halt platform and whether it had been a 'Waiting Room/Shelter' (to serve the very few passengers who used the halt up to closure to passengers in 1951) or had some other purpose....

Looking at the remaining structure in the 1967 photo on Nick Catford's 'Disused Stations' website, the missing door allows one to see an apparent seat bench inside. Earlier photos seen elsewhere (including Brian Anderson's 1962 shot in "The Hatfield and St Albans Branch....") show the structure previously had a 'tin' chimney, which presumably served a stove that could heat the interior...before stove, chimney and door eventually  'disappeared'. Here's a link:

http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/n/nast_hyde_halt/index.shtml

So, it seems almost certain that it had been a Waiting Room (or Shelter-with-door at least!) but if anyone knows different, or more about who used it and what for (remembering the Moderator/s will be monitoring postings.....), please do tell.

If anyone is thinking about joining in the the 'tidy-up' of the old platform (when the weather gets reliably warmer!), please let me know - I'm too far away to organise it, but would like to help if I can.

Alastair

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