‘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"
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 Ian Merivale yesterday.
This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue
Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Ian Mathews Aug 16.
Under BR, the former SMJ went into stagnation and very little
effort was made to run the line economically. By 1947 the passenger
service to Broom from Stratford had already gone. Passenger numbers
fell and talk of closures filled the air. July 1951 saw the
withdrawal of the Blisworth and Banbury passenger service and April
1952 saw the end of passenger services between Blisworth and
07:12 43568 + 1 coach Stratford To Blisworth
08:55 Blisworth to Stratford
10:43 Stratford to Blisworth
12:45 44567 + 2 coaches Blisworth to Stratford
18:40 44525 + 5 coaches Startford to Blisworth
18:50 44568 + 1 coach leaves Blisworth for Stratford
Words posted on a poster at Helmdon station near the end of
" Closing of Helmdon Village and Wappenham Passenger
Stations; On and from Monday 2nd July 1951 the passenger train
service between Blisworth and Banbury will be withdrawn and Helmdon
Village and Wappenham Stations will be closed for passengers.
Alternative facilities for passengers are provided in this area by
the various Omnibus services"