‘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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"This photograph of a motorised trolley being man-handled to / from its home in the h…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 21, 2016 to Motor Trolley Workings

5 Mar 7, 2016
Reply by Nick Meredith

"I have a couple of photos of a 3F 0-6-0 and train at Woodford from the Stephenson Lo…"

Barry Taylor replied Dec 22, 2015 to Woodford - Byfield passenger closure date

3 Dec 22, 2015
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"Thanks Mark-that's one sold! Still a way off yet, but it won't be by subscription. H…"

Barry Taylor replied Sep 6, 2015 to Missing photos of the SMJ

4 Sep 25, 2015
Reply by Peter William Reynolds

"This looks like a "stock" Brighton poster that has been overprinted with the Shakesp…"

Barry Taylor replied Apr 15, 2015 to 1914 BRIGHTON POSTER

8 Jun 17, 2015
Reply by Douglas d'Enno

"Thanks Nigel - these photos pretty much put the question to bed. Does anyone out the…"

Barry Taylor replied Apr 7, 2015 to M40 motorway

16 Apr 7, 2015
Reply by Barry Taylor

"Delving through my bits and pieces has turned up a few other references. The EWJR an…"

Barry Taylor replied Mar 21, 2015 to MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING

14 Apr 17, 2021
Reply by Andrew Emmerson

"I think that you are correct - this would be about the right place. Thanks to all fo…"

Barry Taylor replied Mar 20, 2015 to M40 motorway

16 Apr 7, 2015
Reply by Barry Taylor

"Makes sense - does anyone have precise dates? Presumably somewhere in / shortly afte…"

Barry Taylor replied Mar 15, 2015 to M40 motorway

16 Apr 7, 2015
Reply by Barry Taylor

"That's intriguing Nick - I've never thought much about this before, but I have a dis…"

Barry Taylor replied Mar 13, 2015 to M40 motorway

16 Apr 7, 2015
Reply by Barry Taylor

"Bidford is an interesting one too. I've seen that map and I agree that it looks very…"

Barry Taylor replied Feb 2, 2015 to North End and Warwick Road stations?

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