Having ordered R614-616, I received an email telling me that R615 was not available, either to the public or to the staff. I was told at the desk that R615 was probably a copy of one of the ones I was given; the problem was probably that it was delicate, and its repair would probably be a long-term project, so its unlikely that we'll see it in 2013.
I'll start with R616; this is the 1862 Plans and Sections of the Hatfield & St. Alban's Railway. I photographed the cover and pages of this document, with my own compact camera (yes, I did pay the £5 fee). Jeff also photographed it, using the group's camera; I noticed that the quality of the group's was better than mine (as one would expect, being a compact). All the properties affected by the plan were marked and numbered.
R614 goes hand-in-hand with R616, being entitled Book of Reference; it gives the owners and occupiers of each property, using the numbers shown in R616: the Marquis of Salisbury figures very prominently as a land-owner. I photographed the cover and pages.
I then looked at R605-607; these were the same document (with very minor variations) of the 1845 Plans and Sections of what the cover says is "A Proposed Railway Hertford, Hatfield and St. Alban's"; this title was crossed out and replaced by a hand-written "Hatfield and Hertford Junction Railway", which, despite the new title, covered a route from Hertford, via Hatfield, to St. Alban's. This plan did not materialise into a railway. I photographed this document.
R610 was a Book of Reference to go with R605-607, in the same style as the 1862 plan, above. I photographed the pages covering the route between St. Alban's and Hertford. If we later think we want to cover the whole route, we will have to retrieve this document.
As I was about to leave, one of the staff passed me DE/X997/1, which one of our group had ordered, but no-one had looked at, and I was the last one there. It was a commercially-produced photograph of Mr and Mrs North, Mr North being Station Master of Smallford Station. I photographed this item, including the back, on which a hand-written note had been made. Unfortunately, the quality of my photograph, under the lighting conditions there, leaves something to be desired, so I suggest we need to revisit this document.
I noticed that the routes of the two plans were different from each other, so presenting us with an interesting little project.
As I have 66 photographs to pass on, I will not email them, but will arrange to pass them on using a USB stick at some point.
I have just bought a DSLR camera, so expect to have better-quality pictures from future visits, if I use my own camera.