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Fenny Compton Station (SMJ)

LMS Route: The Shakespeare Route

The first railway company to service the area was the GWR in the guise of the OWWR´s (Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway). The SMJ predecessor was the East & West Junction Railway which ran from the Northampton and Banbury Junction Railway to Stratford upon Avon although the route initially terminated at Kineton. Whilst the E&WJR had initially intended goods traffic from the Northampton area to be handed over to the GWR at Stratford upon Avon the GWR refused to cooperate insisting that goods traffic be exchanged at Fenny Compton. This meant that for many years Fenny Compton had an importance that did not reflect its rural location and it wasn't until the extension to Broom when this importance declined. The opening of this extension allowing the E&WJR to pass its traffic on to the Midland Railway at Broom. The Midland did initially use the line routing its Bristol and Gloucester to London traffic over the SMJ until 1912 when it rerouted the traffic via Wigston Junction thereby costing the SMJ some £1,100 per annum.

Fenny Compton Station (SMJ) Fenny Compton Station (GWR)

Looking towards Towester with the joint LMS and GWR signal box located on the SMJ up platform on the left
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HC Casserley
Looking towards Towester with the joint LMS and GWR signal box located on the SMJ up platform on the left
Close up of the joint signal box and Fenny Compton SMJ station's up platform waiting room and store
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HC Casserley
Close up of the joint signal box and Fenny Compton SMJ station's up platform waiting room and store
Close up showing ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 43568 whilst to the left is an unidentified GWR locomotive
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HC Casserley
Close up showing ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 43568 whilst to the left is an unidentified GWR locomotive
Looking towards Byfield and the points for the exchange sidings with the GWR cattle dock on the left
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HC Casserley
Looking towards Byfield and the points for the exchange sidings with the GWR cattle dock on the left
Looking across from the SMJ station's down platform towards the passenger waiting room on the up platform
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HC Casserley
Looking across from the SMJ station's down platform towards the passenger waiting room on the up platform

Close up showing the former SMJ structure on the up platform which incorporated a store and a waiting room
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HC Casserley
Close up showing the former SMJ structure on the up platform which incorporated a store and a waiting room
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon with the main station building being located on the down platform
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon with the main station building being located on the down platform
Close up showing the former SMJ's Fenny Compton station's main building shortly before its closure
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the former SMJ's Fenny Compton station's main building shortly before its closure
Another view of the station looking towards Stratford upon Avon shortly before the end of passenger services
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HC Casserley
Another view of the station looking towards Stratford upon Avon shortly before the end of passenger services
Close up showing Fenny Compton station's run down passenger facilities on the down platform
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HC Casserley
Close up showing Fenny Compton station's run down passenger facilities on the down platform

Close up showing the level crossing at the Stratford on Avon end of the station and the joint signal box
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HC Casserley
Close up showing the level crossing at the Stratford on Avon end of the station and the joint signal box
A panoramic view of Fenny Compton station looking West showing the juxtaposition between the two stations
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HC Casserley
A panoramic view of Fenny Compton station looking West showing the juxtaposition between the two stations
Close up showing the East side of Fenny Compton station's main building and the basic goods yard
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HC Casserley
Close up showing the East side of Fenny Compton station's main building and the basic goods yard
Close up showing the joint signal box framed by the loading gauge sited at the entrance to the goods yard
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HC Casserley
Close up showing the joint signal box framed by the loading gauge sited at the entrance to the goods yard
Close up showing the Eastern end of the SMJ station's up platform and the GWR station's up platform
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HC Casserley
Close up showing the Eastern end of the SMJ station's up platform and the GWR station's up platform

Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 43381 arrives at the down platform with a service from Towcester to Stratford upon Avon
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Anon
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 43381 arrives at the down platform with a service from Towcester to Stratford upon Avon
Looking West towards Stratford on Avon on the SMJ route and Leamington Spa on the GWR route
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Anon
Looking West towards Stratford on Avon on the SMJ route and Leamington Spa on the GWR route
Close up showing the main station building's poster boards are announcing the closure of the line
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Anon
Close up showing the main station building's poster boards are announcing the closure of the line
Close up showing the SMJ level crossing and the girders and safety rail to the under-bridge below the line
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Anon
Close up showing the SMJ level crossing and the girders and safety rail to the under-bridge below the line
Close up showing the GWR level crossing and in the distance on the right, the GWR's up refuge siding
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Anon
Close up showing the GWR level crossing and in the distance on the right, the GWR's up refuge siding

A pair of ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0s Nos 44491 and 44524 are seen passing each other at Fenny Compton station
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PQ Treloar
A pair of ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0s Nos 44491 and 44524 are seen passing each other at Fenny Compton station
Close up showing part of Fenny Compton station's goods yard comprising two sidings
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PQ Treloar
Close up showing part of Fenny Compton station's goods yard comprising two sidings
View of the revised track layout enabling traffic from the former GWR line to join the former SMJ route
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Anon
View of the revised track layout enabling traffic from the former GWR line to join the former SMJ route
Close up showing both the SMJ and GWR stations and the revised track layout adopted in 1961
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Anon
Close up showing both the SMJ and GWR stations and the revised track layout adopted in 1961
Ex-GWR 2-6-0 No 6368 pilots ex-GWR 0-6-0 No 2246 on the LCGB Thames, Avon and Severn Rail Tour
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J Cosford
Ex-GWR 2-6-0 No 6368 pilots ex-GWR 0-6-0 No 2246 on the LCGB Thames, Avon and Severn Rail Tour

Another view of ex-GWR 2-6-0 No 6368 and ex-GWR 0-6-0 No 2246 on the LCGB Rail Tour at Fenny Compton
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J Cosford
Another view of ex-GWR 2-6-0 No 6368 and ex-GWR 0-6-0 No 2246 on the LCGB Rail Tour at Fenny Compton
A pair of ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0s Nos 44491 and 44524 pass each other at Fenny Compton station
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Anon
View of Fenny Compton station's joint LMS-GWR signal box with the up waiting room on the right
Ex-GWR 4-4-0 'Dukedog' class No 9015 is seen at the head of the South Midlander Rail Tour on 24th April 1955
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A Vaughan
Ex-GWR 4-4-0 'Dukedog' class No 9015 is seen at the head of the South Midlander Rail Tour on 24th April 1955
A pair of ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0s Nos 44491 and 44524 pass each other at Fenny Compton station
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EE Smith
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44606 is seen approaching Fenny Compton at the head of a freight service from Byfield
View of an OS map showing the juxtaposition of the former SMJ and GWR Fenny Compton stations
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Ordnance Survey
View of an OS map showing the juxtaposition of the former SMJ and GWR Fenny Compton stations

Fenny Compton Station (SMJ) Fenny Compton Station (GWR)