Branch Line Britain - celebrating Britain's minor railways

Midland - St Albans memory 1

The only time I have ever used this line was back in the summer of 1976 when I was coming down from the North West of England to stay at relatives in St Albans, before going to see the Rolling Stones at Knebworth. Rather than going right through to Euston and then back up to St Albans from St Pancras, I decided to get off at Watford Junction and travel to St Albans Abbey station from there. The journey went fine until I arrived at St Albans Abbey. I found a phone box and called my relatives to say I had arrived. They said they would be there in ten minutes. Well I waited and waited, but they didn't arrive. So I phoned them again but there was no reply. This being in the days before mobile phones I just kept on trying to phone them from the public all box, especially as I didn't have their address. Eventually I did get through to them and they swore blind that they'd been to the station and couldn't find me so had come home. To cut a long story short, they had gone to the main St Albans City station and not the Abbey station! So after well over an hour's wait I was eventually picked up by my relatives. The moral of the story is always to let whoever is picking you up from a station know which station it actually is!     MC