Before the golden age of railways between of 1850 and 1950, Hertfordshire was not subject to commuter sprawl as it is today. Back then, the county was made up of farmland and rolling countryside dotted with market towns. The arrival of the London & Birmingham Railway in the 1840s began the process of change and soon Hertfordshire was criss-crossed by a tight grid of branch lines which were to dominate life in the county until the cutbacks of the 1950s and '60s and the building of the M25. Accompanied by a historic account full of fascinating detail, this collection of fifty-two photographs showcases the many stations and locomotives operating in the county from the early 1900s through to the 1960s. The locations included are: Letchworth, Hitchin, Napsbury, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Marston Gate, Mardock, Widford, Hadham, Standon, Braughing, West Mill, Buntingford, Watford, Croxley Green, Welwyn Garden City, Ayot, Wheathampstead, Harpenden, Roundwood, Redbourn, Beaumont's Halt, Godwin's Halt, Heath Park, Attimore, Cole Green, Hertingfordbury, Rickmansworth, Smallford, St Albans, Stapleford and Carpenter's Park.
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