‘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"
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
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
HelloI purchased 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 ISBN 10 :1 871674 20 4N page 29/9 on the 1903 track plan it shows a goods shed at…Continue
I am in the process of updating the SMJ section of the website. Having learnt my lesson a few years ago when John Jennings took me to task for confusing the location of Clifford Sidings and Ettington Limeworks, I would appreciate any help in reviewing the content. I had hoped John would help do this for me but I hadn't realised just how poorly he was. We have lost a great friend and resource to the SMJ Society.
I have more or less finished the section between Fenny Compton to Clifford Sidings plus Bidford and Binton. I am currently working on the Stratford Old Town Pages: station; shed; and locos. I will also be adding a Miscellaneous page to cover relevant SMJ information not geographically specific.
I welcome any corrections and additional information you maybe able to offer. As ever, full acknowledgement will be given. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Society for the information they have provided on its website. It's been a tremendous help. Hopefully I have correctly credited people for the information or images when used.
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