‘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' 

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Probably a question or an answer that is on here somewhere and I have missed it, but what was the line running speed? Always get the impression that the trains dawdled along rather than made any great progress.Continue

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Interesting Ebay item 1 Reply

Thanks to Gary for the heads up!https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254054775180AndyContinue

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Fenny Compton Goods shed 1 Reply

HelloSome time ago I posted a question concerning the goods shed at Fenny Compton as indicated in 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 ;…Continue

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E&W JR first train 1 Reply

HelloDoes someone have a copy of the picture of the first train running on the East and West Junction Railway as stated in J Dunn’s book The Stratford & Midland Junction Railway on page 43Best regardsJackContinue

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I've seen different sources quoting two dates in May 1948 for the withdrawal of the LNER service between Woodford and Byfield: both were Mondays: 3 and 31 May.

Certainly, 31 May 1948 was the start date for the first timetables under the BR regime and that would be entirely plausible. And on the other hand, 3 May could simply be a typo with the figure 1 (of 31) missing.

Can anyone point me to a definitive source which can resolve the query, please?

Richard Maund

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The Riley/Simpson book "A History of the SMJ etc" gives a date of 31st May 1948 - i.e. "The north curve to Woodford.....did not close to passenger trains until May 31, 1948". I cannot find any reference to this closure in Arthur Jordan's book. 

Hope this helps.

Robin Cullup

The late Charles Clinker's 1960 compilation, The Railways of Northamptonshire gives 31 May 1948 as the date. That - taken with the fact that it was the timetable change date - leads me to think it is the correct date. But if anyone comes up with any contrary evidence I would be interested to hear.....

I have a couple of photos of a 3F 0-6-0 and train at Woodford from the Stephenson Loco Society archives, and they are dated 15th May 1948 - so if these are correct, then the 31st seems to be right.

I'll have look around to see if I have any other evidence.

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