‘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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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

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1959 rail tour 1 Reply

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

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Sunday 9th August 1959 "Grafton " rail tour

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Site of Salcey Forest station looking west

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Comment by Tim Roy on December 19, 2019 at 11:14

This photo was taken looking west. The remains of the platform are to the right (north) of the track. I also posted a photo looking east with the remains of the platform to the left.

Regards, Tim

Comment by Donald Cook on December 15, 2019 at 15:33

Salcey Forest station was nearer to what is now the B526, previously the A50.  If the photo was looking east instead of west then it could be the bridge under that road to the south of Horton.

Comment by NIGEL on July 8, 2018 at 12:40

No. 72 Maintenance Unit Squadron March 1942 - 1957 Salcey Forest near Roade. This was an Equipment Dispersal Depot initially a storage facility for aircraft engine spares, it quickly expanded to become a major depot for all manner of ground equipment needed by the regions airbases.

Comment by Ron Johnson on July 7, 2018 at 13:15

Was RAF Roade serviced from here?

Comment by Tim Roy on August 30, 2016 at 10:37

Hi John,

The track bed curves too much for the Piddington bridge to be seen from this location (see the maps in my post about the location of the SMJ plate near Salcey Forest).

It is either the footpath footbridge (red ringed in the above maps) or a hedge on top of the cutting.

Regards, Tim

Comment by John Evans on August 27, 2016 at 8:01

I wonder if the bridge in the distance is Forest Road, Piddington.

Comment by John Evans on August 27, 2016 at 8:00

This is how I remember it, Tim.

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