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I have access to both Google and Apple mapping apps so it is always worth a look to see what remains of a branch line that ceased to exit a looooong time ago!<br /><br />Sometimes the line is easily recognized as two rows of overgrown hedges. Sometimes the line disappears across a ploughed field. The worst case is when a housing development completely eradicates history, as in Shipston-on-Stour.<br /><br />It is also interesting to see the old crossing cottages, sold off 40 years ago or more. In one case the owners have built an extension across the old right of way. The northern crossing over the A429 (Fosse Way) has a cottage whose presence today is difficult to explain until you realize there was once a railway there. There are also on the ground clues. A farm gate on the Campden Road says "Tramway" but the GWR bridge is completely hidden by summer foliage.<br /><br />Although little remains, it is clear that a detailed photo safari is necessary in the weeks ahead.


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