Same bridge from the allotments side. It has bridge number of 4
Looking back from the other side. Again the fencing is good on the right side of the bridge with a modern access staircase but poorly maintained on the other side. The bridge marks the boundary between the operational section and the mothballed section.There was an informal footpath running up from the bridge alongside the line so I managed this shot of the fence across the line without trespassing.
Now looking west from the same bridge. A dog walker can be seen in the distance. He is obviously not expecting a train any time soon!This is taken from two bridges further west from the also slightly confusingly named Whaddon Road that runs from Mursley to the A421. I am pretty sure this is the same dog walker!
Quite surprisingly the ordnance survey map has been updated to show this missing section of track although more is missing than the map shows.
Looking west from the same bridge towards Swanbourne station.
Zooming in you can just see the end of Oxford bound platform.
The parapet brickwork is certainly in need of attention here. It is an odd mix of red and blue bricks on this side whilst the other side is pretty much all blues.
Looking back at the bridge from just east of Swanbourne station.
Zooming in you can see a footbridge and Furze Lane overbridge.
Looking right the trackbed looks to be in good condition here.
This is taken from the other side. The guard rails look to be fairly recent additions.
Looking east across the bridge. Trackbed has been cleared here.
And looking west from the same spot.
Continuing on to Verney Junction the road passes through the abutments of the former line from Quainton Road which can be seen crossing the centre of the picture. (Looking back east towards bridge 24.)
There are two features that confirm that this is a Victorian building. The date is shown as 1870 with a V above. Not sure whether this stands for Queen Victoria or Sir Harry Verney, the local landowner after whom this station was named.
Looking east from the level crossing
Finally the tree line seen crossing left to right is the former line from Verney Junction to Banbury. The last remaining section from here to Buckingham closed in 1966.
I hope to cover the Verney Junction to Bicester section next.