‘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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Aircraft crash 8 Replies

HelloI’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged until it was hit by a…Continue

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Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign 2 Replies

To read the article about the Towcester Running in sign being unveiled follow link below…Continue

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Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 1 Reply

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

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Towcester station sign unvieling 1 Reply

The unveiling of the Towcester Station Sign!To all our Towcester area members. Can anyone make the following event in Towcester tomorrow representing the society?Quote:"We have decided to do the unveiling ceremony at 4pm tomorrow, Fri 11 Oct, at…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by Dick Bodily Oct 10, 2019.

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Comment by Stephen on March 3, 2012 at 12:39

There was another loco here 'Ryder Gibson' this too was a Bagnall built in 1919. It went to a colliery in south Wales.

 Industrial Railway Society  book 'Industrial Locomotives Of Buck' Beds & Northants' ed Robin Waywell gives the same information as Tonks. Blackwell's of Cotton End, Northampton are listed as Engineers. 'Ferrett II' is listed as going to Holm & Co, Kingsnorth, Kent in brackets it states as the loco probably went direct from Easton Neston in 1925. Blackwells ceased trading in 1948.

Stephen

Comment by Andy Thompson on March 2, 2012 at 15:57
Indeed Dick. I have been in the tunnel through which it passed to get to Catchgate from the Olney branch. Its a tight fit, hence the locos shape. Andy
Comment by Dick Bodily on March 2, 2012 at 14:35

According to Tonks' "Ironstone Quarries of the Midlands Part 3", built in 1908, used on 2ft 6in gauge tramway from Easton Neston pit to SMJ between1914 - 1919, sold to Blackwell & Son, Cotton End, Northampton and eventually ended up in Kent around 1925. There's no mention of a "Ferret 1" though. 

Comment by Tony Newman on March 1, 2012 at 21:41

'Ferret II' - Oh God, your mean there was more than one of them?

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