It’s All Change at Elstree & Borehamwood

9 April 2018

When you think of Elstree & Borehamwood the first thing to come to mind may be films, drama and entertainment and you'd be right! This may be the permanent home of BBC's EastEnders but it has also welcomed the production of many blockbuster films over the past 100 years, including Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The King's Speech, World War Z, Paddington and plenty more.

Old photograph of Elstree & Borehamwood Railway Station

But did you know that if it wasn't for the opening and development of the local railway all this film heritage wouldn't have been possible?

The arrival of a local rail service in July 1868 helped transform Borehamwood from a rural village; later the rail service was a key factor in attracting the film studios.

And now Elstree & Borehamwood are celebrating 150 years of the local railway line by offering visitors the chance to step back in time and discover the development of the railway in the exciting new exhibition, "All Change!".

You'll discover surprises around each corner as you explore this inspiring exhibition. Relics of the days of steam engines and hand-operated signals mingle with personal mementoes kindly loaned by local residents, as well as filmed interviews with railway staff who were happy to share their memories.

All Change at Elstree & Borehamwood

The exhibition is open four days a week at Elstree & Borehamwood Museum, 96 Shenley Road. "All Change!" is free to all. And after rave reviews its run has been extended until October 2018.

Look out for other exciting celebrations going on throughout the year to celebrate 150 years of rail.

Getting there

Take the train from London St Pancras International and within a short 20-minute ride you will arrive at Elstree & Borehamwood Railway Station.

The new 150th Anniversary banners will tell you that you've come to the right place!

Elstree & Borehamwood Film & TV Trail

The museum is a steady 5-minute walk from the station, but take your time and follow the film and TV trail that leads you down the high street to the museum.

You may see some familiar faces and learn some interesting facts along the way!

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