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Throwback Thursday: Harpenden Station at a quieter time

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 October 2018

Harpenden Station was opened to passengers in 1868. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

Harpenden Station was opened to passengers in 1868. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

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People struggling through the morning rush hour at Harpenden Station may fantasise about empty carriages, spare seats and only a handful of fellow travellers to contend with.

The daily reality of commuting is a very long way from where train travel began. As proof, this is a picture of Harpenden Station in the Victorian era.

Our Throwback Thursday highlight aims to show just how much the town has changed and evolved over time, using old snapshots of what it used to be like.

Trains started stopping at the then-village of Harpenden in 1868 when the Midland Railway line extension from Bedford to London was opened to passengers.

Initially with just two tracks, Harpenden Station was expanded to include four in 1905.

This picture is from the collection of John Cooper, an author who pens pictorial history books about Harpenden.

He has written A postcard from Harpenden, Harpenden Through Time, and Harpenden: The Postcard Collection.

His next book, Harpenden: A Village in Wartime, was published on October 15 and John is hosting a book signing at Harpenden Books on November 17, from 10.30am to 1pm.

Do you have an old picture to share? Let us know at enjoyhapendenmore@archant.co.uk

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