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Throwback Thursday: Snapshot of '50s steam train through Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 17:38 11 April 2019

A view from Harpenden's Holly Bush Lane Bridge in the early 1950s. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

A view from Harpenden's Holly Bush Lane Bridge in the early 1950s. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

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Any keen Harpenden trainspotters out there?

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

This image shows a steam train approaching Holly Bush Lane Bridge in the early 1950s.

According to the Harpenden and District Local History Society, the Midland main line was steam operated right until 1960 when diesel services were introduced.

It says much of the “old character” of the lines was lost when the London St Pancras International to Bedford route became electrified, with bridges and buildings torn down to be replaced with modern equipment.

This snapshot 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, Harpenden: The Postcard Collection, and Harpenden: A Village in Wartime, which was published on October 15 last year.

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

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