‘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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Burton Dassett Cableway 1 Reply

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Mark Reader Feb 22.

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Jan 22.

Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Nicholas Hemming Dec 30, 2020.

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Fenny Compton SMJ box seems like an LNWR production. Inside the frame appears to be Midland - but it could be a wartime REC product. A couple of LNWR Webb-Thompson staff instruments complete the very happy scene. I have no put onto your site all I have on the SMJ and related places.

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Comment by adrian vaughan on September 21, 2009 at 18:52
Helo Andy,

I haven't seen Andy Jordan's book but those are Webb-Thompson (LNWR) Electric Train Staff dispencing machines and will be very old. AS old as the box, I suppose. They were patented around 1893. They might have replaced some other system - Tyers tablet, say - but they are old. Webb was Locomotive Engineer of LNWR and Thompson was the Telegraph Engineer.

I wish I had some more pix.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 21, 2009 at 18:23
Save me a place! I noticed the token machines at the back of the box (as described in Arthur Jordons book) the same??

Andy
Comment by adrian vaughan on September 21, 2009 at 16:42
Hello Gary,

I wonder if you read the 'Observer' newspaper. Y'day it had a photo - computer generated by NASA (or something like that) - showing Planet Earth from space surrounded by every bit of cast-off space scrap, thousands and thousands of bits of debris. It made a truly awful sight. More junk is being sent up by the EU - a satelite that will be a better Sat Nav device. I mention this to show how far the Western world at least has degenerated since 1946 - when I first started to ask to be allowed up on steam engines. People can't even read their own map and find their way about using their own brain - go and buy some silly little gizmo with a stupid voice telling them what to do. The coal fired BR was the most wonderful place this world will ever see. And the people who operated it. I think heritage railways do a good job of giving people a chance to live like we used to but it will never be like BR in 1955.

Hey ho! I'm so glad the pictures are pleasant for you. Now - as you said earlier - 'Oh for a Time Machine'. 1955 here I come.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 21, 2009 at 13:49
What an amazing shot! History - I heard said that the one they built to replace this one has been demolished (last year?)
Andy

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