The station

Ayot St Peter had a railway station on the Welwyn Garden City to Luton line. The station was called just plain “Ayot” and was located on the Ayot St Peter Road.

A fire broke out at the station in July 1948, and most of the buildings were destroyed. The station closed for passengers on 26 September 1949, although passenger trains used the line until 1965.

The old station car park is now the car park for the Ayot Greenway, a popular walking route that follows the disused railway line from Ayot to Wheathampstead.

Ayot station, looking south east, around 1905
Ayot station, looking north west around 1910. The station master’s house (which still exists) can be seen on the far left hand side of this picture.

 

The station in 1948, after the fire that destroyed it
Another view of the station after the fire in 1948
The signal box in 1954
The approach to Ayot station from the Wheathampstead direction. You can see the signal box in the distance, but the station appears to be missing, so this was presumably taken after 1948. The bridge over Ayot St Peter Road has been removed.
A train passing the signal box in 1962
The signal box in 1963
Kings Cross to Ayot, via Hatfield
A season ticket from 1944

 

One of the old platform signs
 A really interesting history of the station, details of the line and many photos can be found at the website Disused stations
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