Capturing life on the Hertford Loop

John Cole introduces a new photo book celebrating the railway line through Enfield and beyond

  • Gordon Hill Station (credit Nick Clark)
  • Fox on the platform (credit Nick Clark)
  • Railway bridge over Windmill Hill at Enfield Chase Station (credit Malcolm Rapier)
  • A steam train passes under Lavender Hill viaduct (credit Hatim Bharmal)
  • A train on the approach to Crews Hill Station (credit Dave Jackson)
  • Gordon Hill Station (credit Andrew RIdley)

The Friends of Gordon Hill Station and Edmonton Camera Club have produced a lavishly illustrated photo album featuring over 80 photographs of the Hertford Loop Line, the railway which connects Hertfordshire and Enfield with central London.

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In May 2022, 13 photographers from Edmonton Camera Club were each assigned a station and asked to take images throughout a single week, representing the various activities in and around the Great Northern-managed railway line. They charted life from the quietest of times to the busiest of times, from the first train to the last. Their photographs include bridges, viaducts, cafes and many different trains, travellers and staff.

Duncan Primrose, station manager of the Hertford Loop Line, has supported the project and said: “It has been wonderful to support the Friends of Gordon Hill with this book, going from an idea to making the arrangements to seeing the book in print has been an experience I’m proud to have been part of.

“The photos capture the Hertford Loop in all its glory.”

The book was sponsored by Great Northern and The Enfield Society and will be launched as a paperback with a wrap-around cover photograph on 1st May. It is priced at £20 but if you pre-order via email you can get it for £15 (excluding postage). After the launch, it will be on sale from Luv Coffee at Gordon Hill Station.

We also have two copies of the book to give away! Just send one of your own photographs of somewhere along the Hertford Loop. Please ensure it’s your work and that you are happy for it to be used by Friends of Gordon Hill Station to promote the book and use on social media (acknowledgement will be given).

To enter the competition and/or pre-order a copy of the Hertford Loop Line photo book:
[email protected]

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