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Watton-at-Stone railway station

Place Watton-at-Stone
Local authority East Hertfordshire
Grid reference TL295192
Station code WAS
Managed by Great Northern
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.102 million
2005/06 Decrease 93,188
2006/07 Increase 0.108 million
2007/08 Increase 0.124 million
2008/09 Increase 0.127 million
2009/10 Increase 0.128 million
2010/11 Decrease 0.125 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.120 million
2012/13 Increase 0.141 million
Original company London and North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
2 June 1924 Opened
10 September 1939 Closed
17 May 1982 Reopened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Watton-at-Stone from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Watton-at-Stone railway station serves the village of Watton-at-Stone in Hertfordshire, England. It is on the Hertford Loop branch line between Hertford North and Stevenage and is served by trains operated by Great Northern.


  • History 1
  • Services 2
  • The Finishing Line 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


According to the Watton-at-Stone Parish Council,[1] a proposal for a rail route between London and Stevenage was approved Parliament in 1898, though construction did not begin until 1906. A single-track section through Watton-at-Stone opened on 4 March 1918, with the track later being dualled.

The station saw its first passenger train run through on 6 February 1920, but did so only when a train was diverted from the East Coast Main Line as the result of an accident. Scheduled passenger services of four trains per day started on 2 June 1924, stopping on request at Watton-at-Stone.

The station's life as a passenger service was short-lived however, and it closed just 15 years later on 11 September 1939, despite the famed locomotive engineer Nigel Gresley's residency in the village.

The nationalised Moorgate, the first passenger train to serve the village in almost 43 years.


The station is served by one train per hour in each direction. Up (London) trains call at London King's Cross. Down (away from London) trains call at Stevenage and Hitchin before terminating at Letchworth Garden City.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Hertford North   Great Northern
Hertford Loop Line
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
  London and North Eastern Railway
Hertford Loop Line
Line and station open

The Finishing Line

In 1977, track in the vicinity of the then closed station was used by British Transport Films as a set to film the notorious public information film The Finishing Line.[2] Using shock tactics to deter children from playing near railway lines, the film was staged as a dream sequence of a parody school sports day with 'events' on and around the track. Local schoolchildren were drafted as actors. The film was broadcast on the nightly Nationwide TV show, and the liberal quantities of stage blood and graphic depiction of injuries became a matter of some controversy.


  1. ^ Watton-at-Stone Parish Council: Transport
  2. ^ British Transport Films: The Finishing Line

External links

  • Train times and station information for Watton-at-Stone railway station from National Rail
  • Other map sources for grid reference TL296192 (coordinates )
  • Movie of steam train Duke of Gloucester passing through Watton-at-Stone
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