‘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' 

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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

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Ian Merivale on Monday.

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.

Bidford-on-Avon station photos 2 Replies

Hello folks - I'm interested in sourcing any historical photos of Bidford-on-Avon station and wondering if anyone here could help point me in the right direction? (There are a few on…Continue

Started by Greg Wye. Last reply by Greg Wye Aug 30.

Stored coaches 4 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Ian Mathews Aug 16.

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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.


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. 

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