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Written by Marcus Dawson - 17 Sep 2007
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Location notes
This is the terminus station on the 6.5 mile Watford to St Albans Abbey branch line.
For more information about the line and it's history go to The Abbeyline Website
Railway type and traffic
In a day you will see one unit working the line, all day. This has been either Class 313, 321 or 150 on occasion.
Charters are very rare due to pathing constraints and test trains have been know to visit on an annual basis.
Engineering is more likely to be carried out by road rail equipment.
St Albans is a busy city, the area here is just outside the Historic St Albans Abbey and as such will often have tourists milling around.
Road directions
From the M25, Junction 21a:
Head north up the A405 and at the first roundabout take the first exit along the B4630. There is a petrol station here, the road is to it's left. Follow this road straight along and into St Albans. Just after the first roundabout you will come to you will see the station on the left. As you pass you will see a junction in the road for you to make the u turn to the station car park.

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St Albans Abbey, Abbeyline map co-ordinates
The car park is next to the platform, there is not even a kerb!
Public transport
You could get the train from Watford Junction.
You can also get the train to St Albans City and walk the mile or so, just follow the signs to the Abbey.

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There is nothing at the station save for a bus stop shelter.
Just around the corner is a business park with a McDonnalds.
As a tourist centre there will be plenty of places to stay in St Albans.
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St Albans Abbey, Abbeyline

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St Albans Abbey, Abbeyline

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Photographic notes
The station is fairly uninspiring, the line approaching the station is fairly 'wiggly' and would make for an interesting video.
Given the direction of the line anything approaching the station will be very backlit up until around 11:00.

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General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south east

Fig 1 - Looking south east

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