Great Northern route extension celebrates 100 years service
The Great Northern route extension that connects Grange Park to Cuffley is celebrating its 100 anniversary this month.
First Capital Connect has joined the celebrations that include exhibitions, a train naming ceremony and memorial plaques to mark the anniversary.
The Grange Park to Cuffley railway officially opened on the 4th April 1910 and to mark the occasion Marjorie Reeve Chair of Northaw & Cuffley Parish Council unveiled a plaque at the station ticket hall at Cuffley.
Majorie then launched an exhibition at the Cuffley Library looking back at the 100 years of the railway in the area. (The event will run from 6th to 21st April).
After the Exhibition in Cuffley, an enlarged display will be transferred to Forty Hall in Enfield. The exhibition entitled ‘Making Tracks’ will run from 28th April to 20th June and admission is free.
To support the anniversary, First Capital Connect will be naming a Class 313 Captain William Leefe Robinson VC to mark the centenary at an event on the 27th April. William Leefe Robinson shot down a German airship over Cuffley in 1916 which saw hundreds of people making the journey to the village.
Michelle Smart, Customer Service Director at First Capital Connect, said: “We are delighted to be joining the local community in celebrating a great railway history in the area. The train naming underlines the importance we give to the history of our railway. The Great Northern route can also look forward to a bright future with extra trains and services providing extra capacity from this December.”