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More Trackbeds in the National Cycle Network. Following on from the previous gallery, in which Robert Greenall looked at trackbed-based parts of NCN1 in Scotland and the north east of England, here he looks at some NCN byways in the south of the country which previously used to be railway byways.

Above: Nast Hyde halt on the edge of Hatfield on the St Albans branch line, now the Alban Way (NCN61). The gentleman bending down in the right hand corner of the picture (with head just visible in front of the lady) said he had restored the halt himself, and just the previous evening put up the signal. He claimed that St. Albans City & District Council had spent a lot of money on improvements at their end of the line but Hatfield had failed to match them, so he’d taken matters into his own hands! The result is certainly a lot more attractive than 10 (let alone 20) years ago when one could pass Nast Hyde Halt and not notice it. 2015. (Robert Greenall)

 
Above: The beautifully restored Wheathampstead station on the Welwyn to Harpenden line. Walkers and cyclists won’t find this station on the Ayot Greenway (NCN57) which follows this line for much of the way, as it stands in splendid isolation on a hill between two demolished bridges. 2015. (Robert Greenall)
 

Left: Wheathampstead station was frequented by the writer George Bernard Shaw, who lived at nearby Ayot St. Lawrence. A trunk with his initials has pride of place on the station platform beneath a sign inviting visitors to guess who owned the trunks stacked up and on the porter's trolley. 2015. (Robert Greenall)

 
Above: The attractive setting of Horam station on the Eridge to Polegate line, part of which is now the Cuckoo Trail (NCN21). The local bikers’ café on the road above helped with the restoration. Horam used to be the stop for Merrydown Cider, a once independent Sussex brand, but the company was bought out in 2005; the old cider works has been demolished for new housing which has yet to materialise. 2015. (Robert Greenall)
 
Above: A reproduction closure notice for the line. Southdown Motor Services Ltd., who provided alternative bus facilities after passenger services were withdrawn, have now vanished into history along with the Southern Region of British Railways, which published the original of this notice. 2015. (Robert Greenall)
 
Above: On the Cuckoo Trail just outside Heathfield is this oddity. A local resident has put a fake halt known as Frenches at the bottom of their garden. Pressing the nose of Thomas the Tank Engine, to the left of the crossing gate, raises the signal and produces the sound of a train. 2015. (Robert Greenall)
 
Above: The barely visible platform of Hartfield station, on the East Grinstead to Groombridge line is now the Forest Way (NCN21). The station building is now a pre-school. Hartfield was the home of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne, but perhaps the line is better known for going past the East Grinstead home of the infamous Dr Beeching. 2015. (Robert Greenall)
 
Above: Dr. Beeching didn't get his own way entirely. This is the Southern Railway's Q-class locomotive No.30541 in charge of the 'Wealden Rambler' at the new East Grinstead station, opened in March 2013 by the Bluebell Railway. The so-called 'bluebell line' from East Grinstead to Lewes was closed in 1955 as part of the BR Modernisation Plan (and again in 1958 – it's a long story), so Dr. Beeching cannot be blamed for that; but he did finish off – on 2nd January 1967 – the east-west line from Groombridge to Three Bridges which served East Grinstead High Level station. There is something rather satifying in seeing regular steam services back in his nearest town. 26th September 2015. (Jeff Vinter)