Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway
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.
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Historic imagery of the site[change | change source]
Some shots of Wroxton's old ironstone mine in 2001.
Horley's OIR tool hut or a p-hut in 2001. It's overgrown and in the bushes now.
A OIR track to sleeper pin in Drayton. The words stamped on it say it was made by the Great Western Railway in 1928. It was found in 2002.
References[change | change source]
- Waters, Laurence (1991). Oxfordshire Railways in Old Photographs, a Second Selection. Stroud: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0 86299 852 2.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Photo gallery of the disused railway#
- Photo gallery of the disused railway