‘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"


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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

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"I think that we can now agree that there was definitely a siding behind Bidford stat…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 28 to Bidford-on-Avon

5 Feb 10
Reply by Richard Maund

"Further to the discussion on Bidford – I think that the use of the word ‘siding’ on…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 25 to North End and Warwick Road stations?

57 Jan 27
Reply by Richard Maund

"Yes - I had noticed this anomaly.. I haven't yet found my original source for the 27…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 25 to Evesham Redditch & Stratford-upon-Avon Junction Railway

8 Feb 11
Reply by Richard Maund

"Ah good - thought it must be there somewhere. I have recorded  both RAIL 968 and 969…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 25 to 1873 timetable

4 Jan 25
Reply by Barry Taylor

"The 1890 WTT is safely in private hands.. I do have copies of the Kew WTTs, but thus…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 25 to E&WJR working timetables

1 Jan 25
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"There is an easily missed footnote at the very bottom of that page in Arthur's book…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 15 to 1873 timetable

4 Jan 25
Reply by Barry Taylor

"The date of 2/1/1886 is confirmed by the Act for the amalgamation of the STMJR ER&am…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 15 to Evesham Redditch & Stratford-upon-Avon Junction Railway

8 Feb 11
Reply by Richard Maund

"I have used the date of 2nd January1886 in my books on the SMJ and its constituents…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 14 to Evesham Redditch & Stratford-upon-Avon Junction Railway

8 Feb 11
Reply by Richard Maund

"Just to qualify Gary's earlier comment - the line from Towcester to Greens Norton wa…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 9 to Single track?

3 Jan 9
Reply by Barry Taylor

" I have found another reference to Morton Pinkney Gatehouse Crossing in Bill Kendall…"

Barry Taylor replied Oct 25, 2020 to MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING

14 Apr 17, 2021
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