‘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.

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Olney Branch

The joint committee dicided to build a single-track railway line between Towcester and the Midland main line near Olney in an attempt to save the two companies. The line to Ravenstone Junction branched off from just north of Towcester station and ran through Easton Neston to continue through Shutlanger and crossed over the L.N.W.R. at Roade where a connection was made. There were two intermediate stations:

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Comment by Richard Woods on January 3, 2013 at 0:04

Unfortunately, the gate at the back of Coulthard Close was removed by the council in May 2012, due to saftey fears. I still look after the SMJ boundry fence, as it can be prone to vandalism, particularly during the summer months.

 

Richard Woods

Comment by Andy Thompson on February 29, 2012 at 23:38

Cant wait! Andy

Comment by Richard Woods on February 25, 2012 at 22:54

I've put myself  in charge of the up-keep of the gate since we rescued it in July 2009, and i will be taking my camera, so i should have plenty to show after my journey1

Richard

Comment by Andy Thompson on February 25, 2012 at 14:21

My brother ;ives in the Shires. Senna Drive. His son palys at the bottom of Coultard Clos (or somethng) on what was the Olney branch. You've got a lovely orginal gate down there, I have some shots! Dont forget to atke lots of piccys! Andy

Comment by Richard Woods on February 24, 2012 at 20:15

Okay, thanks. I'll be heading out that way on April 9th, i'm planning a mini expedition to walk on from the Permanant way hut in Showsley with my destination being the Salcey Forest station. I went out with my cousins on April 9th 2009 to see the Olney branch and walked from the farm in Piddington until i reached the station. I then discovered a railway chair on the bank which i took back home to where i live, in Towcester. I still have it to this day, along with other railway artifacts which i discovered in the forest behind Coulthard Close, The shires, Towcester, opposite where i live.

 

Richard

Comment by Andy Thompson on February 21, 2012 at 18:03

When last I was there Richard, the under pass could still be walked except for the land owners fencing

Andy

Comment by Richard Woods on February 21, 2012 at 17:56

Is the bridge under the M1 impassable?

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