The Railways at Watford


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Detail from the 1903 Railways map in Hertfordshire - Little Guide

The main London to Birmingham line was opened in 1837 by the London and North Western Railway.

The branch line to St Albans was opened in 1858.

The line to Rickmansworth opened in 1862.

At Bushey there were long water troughs which allowed trains to fill their tanks with water while on the move.



"Wild Irishman" L&NWR
Taking Water at Bushey
Raphael Tuck "Oilette"
posted 1906

L&NWR Express overtaking a Slow Train at Bushey
Published by the London & North Western Railway Company

Printed text: "The London & North Western Railway is noted of Punctuality, Speed, Smooth Riding, Dustless Tracks, Safety and Comfort, and is the Oldest Established Firm in the Railway Passenger Business."

Cards were sold for 2d for a pack of six  >>>

When the railway was built a major viaduct was needed to carry the railway over the River Colne

Colne Viaduct, Near Watford, September 1837

The Scene at Watford Station after the Great Storm of Monday July 22nd 1907

Postcard by Downer



Watford Junction Railway Station circa 1860



Watford Station

Kromo Series T22275

B. & D. London E.C.





[Note on series of 1837 cards]

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


See also 20th century reminiscences of the Croxley Green Station on the Watford to Rickmansworth branch line.

Information on the construction of the

Watford Home Page

Page updated September 2007

July 2010 - Kromo pc of Watford station