‘The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway’ (or S.M.J.) was a small independent railway company which ran a line across the empty, untouched centre of England. It visited the counties of Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and a little of Buckinghamshire, only existing as the SMJ from 1909 to 1923. In 1923 the S.M.J.became a minor arm of the London Midland and Scottish (L.M.S.), then in 1948 'British Railways'
Gone but not forgotten: "the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth"
I apologise for being slightly 'off-piste' with this enquiry. I am referring to the SLS 'Farewell to GCR' DMU railtour of 27/8/1966 from Birmingham New Street. Does anyone hold or know of operating details or images of this tour?As part of the…Continue
Hello, I am interested in the location of the image posted by Terry Dorrity on the Six Bells Junction website. This is of 44188 on the 'Farewell to SMJR Tour' of 24th April 1965 in Goldicot Cutting.The SLS Library Collection has a photograph of…Continue
Started by Ian Clark. Last reply by Ian Clark on Saturday.
I've acquired Simon Dunkley's S scale E&W / SMJ items and aim to build a small layout to use them on.More on this on this - another time.I'm interested to know if there is a list of PO Wagons (Pre Group era) that called the SMJ home? IE Wagons…Continue
Started by Kelvin White. Last reply by Dick Bodily Mar 25.
Some SMJ news folks:The SMJ Bridge 170 on the Olney Branch, which crosses Quinton road near Salcey Forest, is currently in the process of being demolished. The actual bridge itself was lifted in the late 60's, but the abutments on both sides and…Continue
Started by Richard Woods. Last reply by Stephen Dawson Mar 11.
I apologise for being slightly 'off-piste' with this enquiry. I am referring to the SLS 'Farewell to GCR' DMU railtour of 27/8/1966 from Birmingham New Street. Does anyone hold or know of operating details or images of this tour?As part of the…See More
Thanks very much for your assistance and your comments about tours. I am very interested in SLS tours including joint with other societies and help the SLS with an archive of images and documents of those tours. This may not be appropriate…"
"I thought that they were going to use a majority of the GCR trackbed? If not, they ought to, as the infrastructure such as cuttings, embankments, bridges ect is still all in place along the entire route between London and Leicester, seems logical…"
"Barry Taylor sent me this image of the 17/11/1962 'King Commemorative Railtour' at its photostop at Blakesley. The engine is 2210. It's an interesting view of the station from an unusual viewpoint. Barry says that the late…"
I am not that familiar with the terrain. In your photo the special appears to be on a downgrade, which would support the supposition that the Blenkinsop photo would be of the final, return working. I also need to confirm that Goldicote…"
It looks like the same bridge I took my photo from, the bridge over Goldicote cutting on the Stratford to Banbury road. As far as I know it was the only bridge crossing such a deep cutting. However, there were quite a lot of us on that…"