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 (GWR)