‘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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Probably a question or an answer that is on here somewhere and I have missed it, but what was the line running speed? Always get the impression that the trains dawdled along rather than made any great progress.Continue

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HelloSome time ago I posted a question concerning the goods shed at Fenny Compton as indicated in the book Track Layout diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 Stratford-Upon-Avon & Midland Jcn. Rly. by R.A. Cooke ;…Continue

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Attached is an article on The LMSR Banbury Branches - as you will all see this is from the October 1946 edition of "Railway Locomotives". This monthly bulletin was a publication sent out to members of The British Locomotive Society which seems to have commenced in 1945 and lasted until the mid-1950s. The publication style was almost identical to that of the RCTS "Railway Observer" - not surprising as they used the same printer.

This piece covers both the Blisworth and Bletchley lines to Banbury so hopefully is of interest to SMJ members. What I don't have sight of is the No. 5 December 1945 piece mentioned at the beginning - if anyone has this it would be good to see it as it perhaps contains information of local interest.

As a general point it is worth seeking out copies of "Railway Locomotives" which give the then current details of the workings of the railway, which are so fascinating to readers today.

As always your comments will oblige.

Robin Cullup

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Robin

Thanks also for posting this, both articles now added to the relevent webpage

Dick

Interesting article. I worked with the author at Alcan Laboratories in the 1970's and 80's - he was always known as Bill Bryant and was a life long railway enthusiast.
After retirement he continued working as a consultant in the Aluminium industry and travelled widely in Europe to see preserved steam locos.
Barry

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