The Building of the

London to Birmingham Railway


The London to Birmingham Railway was constructed between London and Birmingham, reaching Tring (the highest point as it crosses the Chilterns) in 1837. Within Hertfordshire the original stations were at Watford, Kings Langley, Boxmoor (now Hemel Hempstead), Berkhamsted and Tring.

The Railway comes to Tring

The Railway comes to Tring

Compiled and Edited
Ian Petticrew and Wendy Austin

Published online, November 2013

This is a very detailed account, with an emphasis of the Tring area, of the building of the London and Birmingham Railway from Euston to Tring.


In addition to making extensive use of the readily accessible sources it also reprints the text written in about 1890 by Arthur MacDonald Brown (1861-1951, son of the Tring estate agent William Brown) for a book on the history of Tring which was never published.

Colne Viaduct, Near Watford, September 1837



Watford Junction Railway Station circa 1860

Watford Tunnel under Construction



The Booksellers Provident Retreat at Abbots Langley, Herts.
Showing an early railway engine on the main line. published in 1848

Nash Mill Bridge, near Kings Langley



Boxmoor Embankment, London to Birmingham Line, 1837

Berkhamsted Station circa 1840 [Berkhamsted p 31]    


Excavating the Tring Railway Cutting in 1837
Postcard by London & North Western Railway, 1905



If you know of other books, websites, etc, relating to this place, please tell me.