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The New Railway Trail

Monday 14 May 2018

A hardy band of walkers and railway enthusiasts joined together on Sunday for the inaugral Rail Trail.  The Trail is part of the 150 Years All Change! Exhibition at the Museum, and the Celebration of the arrival of the railway to the area.

Starting at Allum Hall we had an introduction by the Trail instigator, Bob Redman, and a brief history of the railway and the station by Teddy’s Trails supremo, John Cartledge.  Grabbing our set of photos and our water bottles, we followed John and his megaphone as he took us over Allum Lane to the station.  We visited every platform to see where the original photos were taken, and in the process learnt much about the ever-changing face of what is now one of the busiest stations in the country.

Up Theobald Street to Red Road and Robinson’s Bridge, back round to Allum Lane and up Deacon’s Hill Road via the old brickworks’ clay pits to Woodcock Hill, and the old steam train vents in the fields.  Then we ventured through overgrown woods and mud to stand on the top of the tunnels.  Back down to the station, and we fou0nd we had covered so much ground in 3 to 4 hours.

A great success, and Bob is planning more Trails.  Don’t miss out next time!

Model Railway Heaven!

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Our Model Railway Day at 96 Shenley Road was a huge success with over 150 visitors drawn by the model railway layouts, the traditional toy trains, and the amazing Elstree and Borehamwood Station 1900 model.

Created by Tony De Swarte (above) the accurate representation of our station in 1900 complete with station house, signal box, and the famous tunnels, and including sheep on the top of the hill and the long lost trackway from the brick fields, was the highlight.  Tony also modelled the cattle pen, brick works and tower, and much more.  And running through were the trains of course!

And the many other layouts of different guages and ages were also a big attraction for all ages!

Are You Ready For Model Railway Day Tomorrow?

Friday 20 April 2018

John and Dave get their trains up and running for Model Railway Day tomorrow.  See you there with your train set at 96 Shenley Road!

Friends Meet The Railways

Friday 13 April 2018

Wednesday night was Friends Night, and a ‘sold-out’ event celebrated our current Exhibition of 150 Years of the railway coming to this area.  With a packed second floor of the library, our guest speaker was Bill Davies a retired engine driver on the ‘Bed-Pan Line’ and other parts of the South East.  His talk was literally ‘On and Off The Footplate’ with tales of Dr Beeching, adventures in King’s Cross, the demise of steam, confusing the public, and the occasional near mishap.  A fascinating insight into life behind the driver’s handle, accompanied by many photos for train lovers, and many amusing anecdotes.  We were then treated to a quiz by Tevi Corman based around films and trains, right back to 1903!

More Dressing Up

Friday 13 April 2018

School holidays, so we’ve been playing with the uniforms. Lots of families coming in with very enthusiastic and lovely children. You’re never too old to dress up, or pull the chain to listen to the hooter!!

Going Down The Village In April

Thursday 12 April 2018

The meeting for April  was based on a look back at Industry in Borehamwood between 1890 - 1990. The presentation included 30 photographs of the local companies now long gone.  Lots of talk about Elliott Automation and John Laing. One of the participants had also worked for Hunting Surveys in the Elstree Way.


Monday 9 April 2018

Do you have a model railway, old or new?

Have a huge set-up, in the loft, on a shelf?

Can you bring it to 96 Shenley Road on Saturday 21st April?

Would you like to play with lots of railways?

Then please let us know by ringing the Museum on 01442.454888

Help us celebrate 150 years of railways in this area.

Bring your children to enjoy the days of steam.

See you there!

St Teresa's Primary Visits All Change!

Friday 23 March 2018

We recently had a visit from the Year Three class from St Teresa’s Primary School to see the All Change! Exhibition.

The children had fun involving a range of differing activities, from following a museum trail, dressing up as passengers and railway staff, to exploring local maps and making their own steam powered wind turbines.

“The children had a fantastic time” said Ms K Ayres, the Year Three class teacher.

The Boss Makes The News!

Monday 19 March 2018

Ruth Stratton, our Museum’s Officer, has a great interview in the latest Hertsmere News.  Check it out to discover the details of her job, and the other museums she covers.  And while you’re doing this read about our current, and highly-visited, Exhibition All Change! featuring the railways coming to the area 150 years ago.

New Station Master

Thursday 15 March 2018

We got the children's outfits in and unpacked, and found our first willing model who adores trains. Doesn't he make a very good Station Master?

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