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I stayed in Cropredy village, Oxfordshire, recently. Just up the line from Banbury. The station and goods yard closed in the 1950's, but the mainline from Marylebone to Birmingham runs just north-east of the village, and I had my camera, so.....some photo's with possible modeling interest. Trains every 15 minutes or so, but only Chiltern Railways and Cross-Country DMU's , and all going at a fair clip, too fast for my point and shoot camera.



On the UK train spotting site this is a recommended spot. If you're 10 feet tall. That parapet is 5' high, presumably to stop people falling on the lines. Steel panel, riveted construction, the single lane road bridge is about 66' long.



Presumably bridge 87, 90 miles and 27 chains from London?



Track access from bridge for authorized staff, salt and grit box.



 
And all the way to the bottom.




Chiltern Railways train from Birmingham heading towards Banbury.




Track details. Note concrete sleepers, some painted yellow, new ballast next to old ballast, height of ballast, cable conduit running along and across track (with metal cover on sleeper).




Cell phone/radio tower, presumably for railway use. Note tie-in to track side cable box.




Marylebone-Birmingham Chiltern Railways train passing cell/radio tower. Note new and old ballast, ballast on sleepers, ballast piled either side of track (presumably from the ballaster). And those trees so close to the track would not have been there in steam days - embankments and cuttings were kept bare.




There was an allotment at the top of the embankment. Motley collection of plastic barrels, cloches and sheds.




This was the greeting at the entrance to the allotment.




As I was taking the photographs a rider and horse came by. She did offer me a loan of the horse for half-an-hour so I could see the trains over the parapet, but it's at least 50 years since I was on the back of one, so no thanks. The horse did however deliver some fertilizer right in front of the allotment gates. Not often this is modeled.



Next to the allotment was the graveyard, presumably they're not watching for any veggie thieves.



Neat under-bridge with stile gates and footpath. Stafford blue brick construction with newer parapet.


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I visited Long Hanborough station in April, it's where Churchill's train arrived on his funeral day! certainly changed now but the weighbridge is still there!









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Hi Ron,

Nice photo's. It's when you start to have a really good look that the details start to come out. Ballast size, the color of old and new ballast, ballast on the sleepers, oil stains from engine leaks, red brick repairs to blue brick/stone bridges, boarded up windows, derelict platform and lifted track, an embankment recently cleared of trees and shrubs (imminent doubling?), the variations in green,........I often think modeling is best served by a "less is better" approach when trying to get this level of detail.

I thought they were doubling the Cotswold line (to what it was as the OW&W), apparently a few places are still single track bottlenecks. I did a photo-shoot of Kingham several years ago when I was modeling where the BC&DR crossed the OW&W (both GWR of course), pretty soulless commuter station. 

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Great photos. Especially for those of us in voluntary exile from the home country. Sooo green.

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Not sure about the line being doubled, the only train I was that day was this:



A Class 43 heading for Banbury I believe?

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Hi Ron,
Not in the timetable. So Oxford or London. Change at Oxford for Banbury.
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Hi Nigel, it was heading North and Hanborough is quite a way West of Oxford??
Anyway it was a Class 43 :):)

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Hi Ron,

Other way then - London Paddington to Worcester and Hereford (the old "Cathedrals Line"). Hanborough is NW of Oxford, SW of Woodstock, about 10 miles by crow from the cap and gown.

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Hereford seems right! Got there in the end!!:):)

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