Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway

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Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway
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( Leamington Spa – Banbury )
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Banbury on the Cherwell Valley Line
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Alcan Factory depot (lifted- late 1950s)
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Alcan Factory sidings (lifted- early 1950s)
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A423 road bridge (demolished- 1967)
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Railway-come-foot bridge over a local
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brook replaced in 2007 by a short culvert pipe.
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Hardwick signal box (closed and demolished- since 1967)
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Hardwick loco sidings (lifted- 1964)
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WW2 pill box, demolished by 2000
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Hardwick Farm crossing. (Line lifted- 1967)
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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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The bridge over Stor Brook,
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replaced in 1967 by a short culvert pipe.
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Moor Mill hill crossing. (Line lifted- 1967)
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The Bridge over Horley–Wroxton road. (Demolished- 1968)
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Horley signal box (demolished- 1967)
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Horley village crossing. (Line lifted- 1967)
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Horley tool shed/p-hut (closed- since 1967)
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Horley sidings (closed and lifted- 1967)
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Wroxton village crossing. (Line lifted- 1967)
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Wroxton worker's halt. (built- 1919, closed- 1967, demolished- 2006)
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Wroxton Central Ironstone Quarry.
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(Opened by 1919, closed and filled in- 1967)
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Ragnel sidings (built by 1945, closed and lifted- 1952)
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The New Inn spurs and Ragnel mine workings.
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(built- 1952 and 1947, both lifted- 1967)
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the Heath Farm workings and Gentra spurs.
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(built by 1945 and 1952, both lifted- 1967)
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Langley Ironstone Quarry (Built by 1926, closed and filled- 1943.)
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Dyke Lane Bridge. Built- 1940 and abandoned- 1967.
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Dyke Lane Bridge workings and siding.
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Built ~1940-1941, closed 1949, filled in by 1967.
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A422 road.
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Water tower. (built by WW2 and demolished- ~2004-2005)
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Balscote crossing, lifted- 1967)
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Balscote Quarry (Built by 1956, closed and filled- 1967)
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Sidings (Built by 1952, closed and lifted- 1967)

Overview[change | change source]

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