‘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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SMJ Forum

Single track?

Would I be right in assuming that the SMJ was single track all the way apart from passing loops at the stations?Continue

Started by Nicholas Hemming Nov 12.

working timetables.

Hello,Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradshaws.Also, were parcels trains ever routed along the SMJ during BR days?Finally what was the intensity of freight…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson Nov 9.

SMJ maps and booklet 3 Replies

Hello, I live in Southern Alberta, Canada and I'm nearer to 80 than 70. Methinks it is time to reduce my railwayana before it is consigned to the trash. Heaven forbid! My model railway is set in about 1953 and based on a ficticious branch running…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson. Last reply by Steve Johns Nov 1.

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

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Oct 25.

SMJ photos

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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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