‘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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Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

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Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 14 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Nov 22, 2017.

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While bridges appear to be a popular dicussion point how about the two attached images? They came to my collection with a heap of paperwork a few years ago. There is absolutely nothing on the back of them or in the paperwork to aid identification other than the date imprinted on the original negatives as shown on the prints. It appears that the bridge is a rather substantial structure for an occupation bridge but even at that date I would have thought if it was a public road the surface would have been a little better! In any event it clearly needed attention and some strengthening as the photos shown are "before" & "after" shots. The question is "which bridge"? The source of the paperwork and a map examination of the GWR line through Fenny Compton pretty well rule out that it is on the GW line so it is a SMJ line bridge that the LMS were obliged to repair. The date is consistent with the general civil engineering upgrade of the line at that time that the LMS did to allow heavier trains, (including the installation of the round iron strengthening plates on the Avon bridge at Stratford). The suspects in my opinion are SMJ/LMS bridges 55,57,60,or 63. The double arch should be a big clue but I have failed to spot it yet on any maps or other photos. I hope someone will point out where I have missed an obvious answer otherwise some headscratching is required. It is rather irraitating that the photos were taken from different angles but perhaps the photographer did not like the muddy conditions!! I think it safe to assume that these photos were official civil engineers dept ones as I cannot see any other reason for such a subject.

 

John

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Well John I'm pretty sure your photograph depicts the occupation bridge that's the off the Claydon road.About a mile from Fenny Compton its the final bridge before the S.M.J .continues back over the G.W.R..The track beneath the bridge is from the Claydon road leading to the Grand Union Canal.The house in the distance is still there on the roadside.

Alwyn

Isn't this the one we went under and then up on to the track bed from?
If so then a recent picture will be on the line album.

Many thanks to all who replied (including the direct phone calls). Firstly apologies for not searching our site thoroughly because as Gary remarks it has been visited on "walks"

I can now confirm that it is bridge No 60 (21miles & 01chains) a rather substantial "cattle creep" or occupation bridge. The only question now is why is such a bridge an expensive twin arch structure?? I think the clue is in both of the 1927 photos and in modern ones in that the centre line of the bridge is clearly fenced making two separate tracks. I have not checked any land records but my money is on the probability that the land at this point is a boundary between two landowners both of whom were entitled to a bridge under the original Act of Parliament authorising the East & West Junc Railway. It would have been slightly cheaper to construct the one twin arch bridge rather than two separate single arched ones fairly close together.

 

John

Interesting.....the old map dated c.1900 shows a BRIDLE ROAD running all the way from a field past Boddington Reservoir, across the Oxford canal by bridge, across the G.W.R. line by level crossing, and under the E & W Junction railway by a double arch cattle creep. The Bridle Road stops on the Claydon to Fenny Compton road, but a pathway continues into the field opposite. This pathway also runs parallel with the B.R. up to the canal, after which it appears to be a track way.

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