Railway Interest

David's Railway Photography


Britains Railways since 1978 can be seen in some excellent photography on David's Railway Photography site. Includes: Site Updates, Photo Galleries, e-mail Subscribe/Unsubscribe, Site statistics, Images on-line, My Top 10 Site Search

Heritage Operations Sales


An interesting website with a shop selling just about everything for running a heritage railway - uniform caps, buttons and badges, watches, whistles; signal box dusters, 'Brasso' and Train Register Books among the available items.

The main part of the site works the HOPS system available to heritage railways for easing the task of working out rosters for staff on operating days.

Heritage Railway Association


A basic map guide to the entire heritage railway scene in the UK and Ireland, with links to the individual websites of the railways and museums.

Railway enthusiasts will find information held at one time on this website can now be found at the UK & Ireland Heritage Railways website listed below.

Locomotive Club of Great Britain


The St Albans Branch of the Locomotive Club of Great Britain have regular railway related meetings. Web site includes: About LCGB, Branch Meetings, 2011 Overseas Tours, Past Tour Reports, Outdoor, Sales, Photo Collection, Links, News

Midland Railway Study Centre (Incorporating the Roy F Burrows Collection)


A great archive of objects and paperwork normally available to the public by appointment. It is housed in the refurbished Derby Museums Silk Mill building. A number of items from the collection are on loan to us at St Albans. The website gives information on the collection and links to various aspects of the Midland Railway Society who now look after the collection.

(Updated Dec 2021)

Model Railway Forum


A friendly website dealing with all aspects and scales of railway modelling and also prototype information. We regularly post details of the box opening days on their calender and maintain an ongoing post on the work at St Albans South as part of our publicity for the box.

National Preservation Forum


A website for all interested in preservation. Contents include Thief Watch (for organisations to report thefts rapidly to fellow preservationists) Railwayana, Steam Traction, Diesel and Electric Traction, Events, Heritage Rolling Stock, Everything else heritage and 'Mutual Improvement classes' for the very technical bits (including signalling).

We used to maintain information on box opening days and work in progress as part of our publicity campaign on this website, but no longer do so due to problems in making entries in late 2018.

(Link updated April 2019)

North London Society of Model Engineers


The North London Society has their minature railway running tracks and boating pool only a few miles away from us at Colney Heath. See their website for details of public openings during the Summer months.

We co-operate closely with the Society as some members belong to both organisations. As a result we can be found together at several local events during the year.

Open Time Trains - St Pancras to Harpenden


Linked to data from Network Rail, this site shows the real-time movement of trains to and from St Pancras and the Thameslink lines up to Harpenden.



In October 2022, this organisation erected two cameras looking at the railway line outside our signal box. This organisation has cameras that can be freely viewed (including some heritage railways) and ones available only to site subscribers. Our two cameras fall into the latter category.

RailCam describe themselves as:
"Bringing The Lineside To Your Armchair - Since 2009

The UK's leading provider of live lineside and scenic railway cameras, live signalling diagrams, schedules, and user sourced allocation information.

Register FREE today and join one of the largest UK railway communities, provided by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts."

The Bed-Pan Line


A website by Rob Morel, who works on the railway and therefore has his own unique view of things, including a photo of our box taken from trackside!

The Midland Railway - Butterley


The Midland Railway - Butterley (previously known as the Midland Railway Centre), based at Butterley in Derbyshire, has much of interest to us, including no less than 6 signal boxes of Midland Railway construction. Their box at Swanwick Junction, previously down the line from us at Kettering Station is only two feet less in length than our box and also contains a 44-lever tumbler frame like ours! There are numerous MR signals in use and on display. But being a much bigger site, they also have a 3.5 mile standard gauge line and a 1 mile narrow gauge line which both run trains. There is a museum, workshops and other attractions on site as well.

The Railways Archive


An interesting site covering thousands of documents regarding UK railways. It is particularly noted for its comprehensive coverage of the official reports compiled by the Railway Inspectorate and more recently the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) into railway accidents from around 1840 onwards.

Many of these accidents were signalling-related, of course, hence our interest in this site.

The UK Model Shop Directory


Wide-ranging website not only comprehensively listing model shops but with links to many model railway layouts and full-size railway attractions including us.

UK & Ireland Heritage Railways


A site parallel to the Heritage Railway Association's site, and run by their former web-master. You may find it easier to navigate round, according to some!

See our entry at http://www.heritage-railways.com/stalbans.php