‘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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MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 13 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

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1959 rail tour 1 Reply

Also full details and timings of this tour on --rail tours 1959-- website with some nice photos of 45091

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Sunday 9th August 1959 "Grafton " rail tour

Just found this ticket for above rail tour around East Midlands taking in Blisworth, Byfield and Woodford Halse, where 45091 was used. There is a fascinating account of this round trip from Kings Cross on the RCTS website Watford Branch Newsletter…Continue

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SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP…Continue

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Just seen this photo on ebay:-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/332048157752?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649...

Not a location, or vehicle, I recognise. I can see a diamond shape cast iron sign on the bridge that looks familiar. Any thoughts?

Jim.

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If you look at the back of the postcard it states ' Kinnerley Junction  S & M Jn Rly.'

This is on the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway.........sorry to disappoint, but it does have a connection with the SMJR......Colonel Stephens !!!

Thanks Nigel, I didn't see the reverse photo. I knew it wasn't our railway though, I'll let them know.

Jim.

The group photo at Burton Dassett, with Bridge 66 over the single line track and siding, is interesting.

Although not dated the bridge looks to have been rebuilt as the brickwork seems new.

Note the weeds in the siding area, and the old diamond sign near the bridge.

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Bridge 66 group photo at Burton Dassett on ebay



NIGEL said:

The group photo at Burton Dassett, with Bridge 66 over the single line track and siding, is interesting.

Although not dated the bridge looks to have been rebuilt as the brickwork seems new.

Note the weeds in the siding area, and the old diamond sign near the bridge.

This train with reporting number W710 was a special run by the Birmingham Locomotive Club on 14.7.1951 and the loco was "4F" 44057. The route was B'ham New St - Northampton - Olney (reverse) - SMJ to Towcester - Woodford Halse (two reversals), then Stratford, Broom Jcn and New St.  

There were photo-stops at various locations as well as a visit to Woodford Halse shed. Quite a trip.

Robin Cullup

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