‘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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A very old lady who lived for many years in Moreton Pinkney has just sent me this photograph of the station in East and West Junction days, possible in the 1890s. The people are on the westbound platform and are formally attired. Maybe they are going to the Mop Fair at Stratford? This picture is not in any of my SMJ books (Dunn, Jordan, Riley and Barry Taylor's excellent new work).

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Comment by John Evans on November 23, 2017 at 17:34

Of course - it's Blakesley that's on the south side of the line. Silly of me, considering I went there several times! Thanks Dick.

Comment by Dick Bodily on November 23, 2017 at 14:42

John,

They are about to board a train heading towards Towcester so it's not for the Mop.  My guess is either a Towcester Races special or more likely (seeing the number of children present) they are going to Blakesley Show which was then a big agricultural and horticultural show with various attractions including a sizable funfair.  It was held on C W Bartholomew's land at Blakesley Hall grounds, Woodend and specials as well as service trains were laid on. Visitors could buy all in entry tickets including a ride to and from the show from the station on CWB's miniature railway. Late night specials were run to take home people who had stopped on for the evening dance at the showground.

Dick

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