‘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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A far more up to date question than my last one re: North End and Warwick Road - but the same area of the SMJ line.

Does anyone have precise dates and details for the bridging of the M40 motorway, when the SMJ was realigned slightly from its old course?

Was the line actually closed for a period of time while this was carried out, or was the new section constructed and then the line switched over without a break?

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Correction to last statement......only part of the line in this area is welded continuously. Some of the track is on concrete sleepers, a small length from bridge 65 is still on wooden sleepers. Photo above shows old course of the line on the R.H.S. Looking towards bridge 65 at Northend.

There is a farm crossing point here in the foreground.

View of M40 bridge showing why the track had to be elevated to the extent that it has. The old SMJ line disappears into the bushes and trees on the other side of the motorway, centre of photo. Looking towards Kineton.

The transition from wooden to concrete sleepers is evident at this point. Most of the track chairs are G.W.R. dated 1920's and 1930's with a few B.R. (W.R.) ones on the wooden sleepers. A few tens of yards from the farm crossing on the Northend side.

Thanks Nigel - these photos pretty much put the question to bed.

Does anyone out there have precise dates for the changes?

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