To mark the closure of Woodford 50 years ago the Great Central Railway are planning some sort of mini-gala on the weekend of 14th and 15th June. I don't know exactly what they are planning but they've contacted some Woodford people looking for photos, etc. (Rex is one person who has been approached). I note that ex Woodford Flying Pig 43106 which appeared on the SMJ on quite a few occasions is booked to appear on the GCR the following weekend so hopefully it will appear at the Woodford weekend, but that's just my guess. I believe that ex Northampton 48305 which frequently ran to Woodford West and also Byfield Ironstone on the SMJ is in pieces at Loughborough at present, it would have been nice if that had been available for the event.
This looks like being a meeting up of SMJR locos as well as being a celebration of Woodford. No less than 3 locos that ran on the SMJR route are scheduled to take part:- 43106 which was of course a Woodford loco, plus 9Fs 92212 and 92214. In addition there will be the previously maroon 8F freshly resplendent in authentic black and possibly a Black 5 too.
Just seen this link on Steam magazine Facebook page http://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/local-news/dismay-over-planne... I hope somebody has a spare £200,000+ to stop this!!!
Is this the site of the OLD Yard on top of what's left of the embankment?
I don't know the area unfortunately but as far as I can make out it appears to be the area covering the old GCR station and yard in the middle of the village.
Whilst not strictly SMJ, just another part of our heritage likely removed to over populate a village community.