Alban Way A5 Flier 150 Celebration CMYK 1mm

The flier above was delivered to 4000 homes along and close to the St Albans section of The Alban Way during the week beginning 5th October, Whether-or-not you received one, knowing about it could be a good reason to celebrate!

The Alban Way is what remains of the Hatfield-St Albans Railway Line. This October will see the 150th Anniversary of the opening of this line and, guess what – we’re planning some celebrations – and you’d be very welcome to join us! Bring a picnic! Enjoy a ‘lunch on the line’! Come and have a bit of serious fun!


Please use public transport, walk, or cycle, if possible

Friday 16th October

  • 10.00-16.00: Guided Walk along the whole length of Alban Way, from Hatfield railway station to St Albans, exploring the social, natural and railway history – Book at the Eventbrite website (limited places):
  • 19.30-21.00: ‘Bringing the History of Alban Way to Life’: Evening Presentation and Exhibition at the University of Hertfordshire: Book at the Eventbrite website: (limited places):

Sunday 18th October

  • 10.00 – 16.00 – Events taking place throughout the day:

Walking and Cycle Tours

Smallford (Old Station)

  • Exhibitions
    • Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life
    • Model of Smallford Station
    • Model of Hill End Halt
    • St Albans District Council Green Space Action Plan
    • Countryside Management Service – (CMS) – Hertfordshire Health Walks & Hertfordshire Year of Walking
    • Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies
  • Colney Heath Women’s Institute – Food & Drink
  • Miniature Railway Rides
    North London Society of Model Engineers
  • Miniature Traction Engine
  • St John Ambulance

Ellenbrook (Old Nast Hyde Halt)

  • Nast Hyde Halt Photo Display
  • Model Trains
    St Albans & District Model Engineering Society
  • WelHat Cycling Information Stall and Bike Checks
  • Bike Registration – Hatfield Police
  • Entertainment: Harpenden Concert Band, Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School, Christopher Lawley
  • Marshalswick Pet Shop Stall
  • Hatfield Cycle Shop
  • BVS Crafts Stall
  • Mini Fun Fair
  • Catering Van

St Albans London Road (Old Station)

  • Exhibitions
    • London Road Station Photo Display
    • Sopwell Memories
    • St Albans South Signal Box
  • Musical Entertainment:11.00-12.00     Katie’s Jumping Fleas
    12.30-1.30        Chris Flegg2.30-3.30          Young Miscellany12.00-3.00        Folk Music @ The Great Northern Pub

Watercress Wildlife Association

  • 11.00am-3.00pm: Hourly Tours of Watercress Beds

Highfield Garden of Rest – near Hill End (Old Station)

  • Hill End Halt Photo Display
  • Hill End Hospital Display
  • Highfield Park Trust Information
  • Marconi Instruments History Display


  • Fleetville School: Display of Children’s Work

Nearly all events are free – donations/contributions towards our costs will be most appreciatedAny surplus funds will go towards the Renovation of Smallford Station and the Development of Alban Way: Our ‘Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life’ Team will be working with St Albans District Council + Oaklands College students and staff to renovate the old platforms, provide historical signage and resting places (benches!) for walkers and cyclists.


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Financial Sponsors: The following organisations and individuals have provided financial support to make this celebration possible: University of Hertfordshire Heritage Hub, Colney Heath Parish Council, Hatfield Town Council, Village Vets Smallford, Meteor Communications, Pearce Recycling
County Councillors – Dreda Gordon, Sandy Walkington, Rob Prowse and Chris White

Thanks in particular to our many supporting organisers and participants: Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life’ Project Team, UH Heritage Hub, Countryside Management Service, St Albans City & District Council, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Smallford, Sopwell and Ellenbrook Residents Associations, Highfield Park Trust, WelHat Cycling, NLS of Model Engineers, St Albans South Signal Box, St Johns Ambulance, Colney Heath WI, Watercress Wildlife Association, Hertfordshire Archive and Local Studies Centre, St Albans Tourist Information Centre, Chiltern Section Veteran-Cycle Club, Marconi Instruments Heritage Collection, St Albans Movie Makers, Fleetville Primary School: Various entertainers – Harpenden Concert Band, Bishops Hatfield Girls School, Young Miscellany, Katie’s Jumping Fleas Ukulele Band, Christopher Lawley, Chris Flegg and others.

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