‘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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1959 rail tour

Also full details and timings of this tour on --rail tours 1959-- website with some nice photos of 45091

Started by ray w yesterday.

Sunday 9th August 1959 "Grafton " rail tour

Just found this ticket for above rail tour around East Midlands taking in Blisworth, Byfield and Woodford Halse, where 45091 was used. There is a fascinating account of this round trip from Kings Cross on the RCTS website Watford Branch Newsletter…Continue

Started by ray w yesterday.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 12 Replies

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 Sep 21.

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens Sep 14.

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Steam collection at Binton

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Comment by Stuart John Dodd on January 29, 2018 at 7:07

This may work better 

https://www.google.fr/maps/@52.1882493,-1.8649743,17.46z

By the side of the B49 

Comment by Stuart John Dodd on January 29, 2018 at 6:54

Some of the ploughing engines survive,

https://www.google.fr/maps/@52.1878642,-1.8645735,3a,60y,12.11h,90t...!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s4OuJRLgUSVsK5pOe0Tipow!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Comment by Dick Bodily on August 31, 2017 at 14:25

It must have been taken pre 1960 south link put in at Stratford. 48204 would have either have been allocated to Toton (18A) or Westhouses (18B) then, looks like the latter as far as I can make out. Either would not have been that usual I would have thought at Binton, looks like iron ore wagons, possibly from the Oxfordshire Iron Ore workings joining the SMJ at Fenny Compton. Also looks as if the crane is either installing or lifting a diesel engine to (or from) the Fowler ploughing engine. The engines belonged to Bomford & Carr who did a lot of dredging with ploughing engines.

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