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St Albans train signalmen reunite after more than 40 years
Colleagues who worked at St Albans South Signal Box together more than 40 years ago have been reunited.
In December 1979 signalman Steve Lake finished his shift at St Albans South Signal Box and handed over to his colleague Geoff Ryland.
This was to be the last day that the Signal Box was operational controlling trains through St Albans. When Mr Ryland finished his shift eight hours later the engineers took over, closed the box down and switched on the new colour light signals.
After that Mr Lake and Mr Ryland went their separate ways and did not meet again until last Sunday when they both revisited the old signal box.
Mr Lake is still a signalman operating the signal box at Llandudno in North Wales while Mr Ryland has retired and lives near Kidderminster.
Both made special journeys to attend the recent open day.
The afternoon was spent reminiscing about days gone by and entertaining the other visitors with their stories of how the signal box operated in the days of mechanical signalling.
St Albans South Signal Box is now an award winning Grade 2 listed signal box in Ridgmont Road and is open to the public for free on a regular basis.
The next open day will be Sunday, August 24 and the Signal Box will be open during both days of Heritage Open Weekend on September 14 and September 15 from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
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