Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway

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Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway
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Banbury on the Cherwell Valley Line
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Alcan Factory depot (lifted in the 1950s)
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A423 road bridge (demolished 1967)
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Hardwick loco sidings (lifted in 1964)
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Pin Hill workers' halt (demolished 1967)
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Pin Hill maintenance depot (demolished 1967)
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Pin Hill farm grading plant (demolished 1967)
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B4100 road bridge
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Drayton tool shed/privy (closed since 1967)
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Drayton P-hut/signal box (closed since 1967)
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Drayton village crossing. (Line lifted in 1967)
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Horley signal box (demolished 1967)
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Horley tool shed/p-hut (closed since 1967)
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Moor Mill hill crossing. (Line lifted in 1967)
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Wroxton worker's halt (demolished 2006)
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A422 road
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Water tower (demolished circa 2004-2005)
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Wroxton ironstone quarry (filled in 1967)
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Sidings (lifted 1967)

The Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway (the O.I.R.) was a standard gauge railway that served an ironstone quarry near the village of Wroxton in Oxfordshire. It linked to the Great Western Railway about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the east, just north of the town of Banbury. Both the quarry and line opened in 1917 and closed in 1967, when the Ironstone ran out. It never became part of British Rail and was run by the quarry's owners.

The quarry was heavily worked in the Second World War, due to extra war needs. A newer quarry close by is now served by trucks only.

The OIR operated its own fleet of steam locomotives: 0-6-0T, 0-6-0ST and 0-4-0ST's.[1]

Heavy clay and Ironstone deposits seround Banbury.[2]

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Coordinates: 52°04′N 1°24′W / 52.067°N 1.4°W / 52.067; -1.4