‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Evesham Redditch & Stratford-upon-Avon Junction Railway 8 Replies

Did this railway (as opposed to the East & West Junction Railway) go into receivership - if so, when. And when did it come out of receivership?Continue

Started by Richard Maund. Last reply by Richard Maund Feb 11.

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Aston Le Walls

Aston Le Walls was a small platform halt 2 miles and 10 chains west of Byfield station. Very few images exist of the halt with its tracks in situ.The following shot was taken in the 80's and has been supplied by Barry Taylor The following map shows the line, the village but the halts location is not marked.


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Comment by Andy Thompson on January 3, 2011 at 12:16
Comment by Martin Broughton on December 3, 2009 at 20:33
Dick
The Halt was byfield side of the road bridge between Aston le walls and Lower Boddington. The OS map shows the word Midland which starts on the road I described. Imagine you were stood on the railbed at the bottom of the (i) of the word midland. The photo was taken at that point facing the downline towards Fenny Compton. The platform is Aston le walls side. The road bridge is obvious with the road falling towards Lower Boddington on the right. The picture is exactly the same today with the addition of overgrowth. The Road Bridge Number is SJT1 51 The siding would of been to the left of the picture adjacent to the platform and extended to the points some 3 chain the other side of the bridge.
Comment by Dick Bodily on December 3, 2009 at 10:51

Comment by Dick Bodily on December 3, 2009 at 10:50

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