‘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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Single track?

Would I be right in assuming that the SMJ was single track all the way apart from passing loops at the stations?Continue

Started by Nicholas Hemming Nov 12.

working timetables.

Hello,Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradshaws.Also, were parcels trains ever routed along the SMJ during BR days?Finally what was the intensity of freight…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson Nov 9.

SMJ maps and booklet 3 Replies

Hello, I live in Southern Alberta, Canada and I'm nearer to 80 than 70. Methinks it is time to reduce my railwayana before it is consigned to the trash. Heaven forbid! My model railway is set in about 1953 and based on a ficticious branch running…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson. Last reply by Steve Johns Nov 1.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 13 Replies

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 Barry Taylor Oct 25.

SMJ photos

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This could well be the same place as the pic of 44317 - the track is newly ballasted again. Obviously taken from a bridge, but which one? Ridge & furrow fields to the left with haystacks, and a low, flat, horizon in the background. Strong shadows so this is probably an evening shot looking east.

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Comment by Henry on July 26, 2020 at 23:45

The cast iron marker on the Southam road was taken by a collector in the 80s much to the disgust of the locals. A legal challenge apparently proved the collector had permission from SDC but I believe he promised to return it at some point...

Comment by Barry Taylor on March 27, 2013 at 9:37

Thanks again Alwyn - I think that we have this one - and probably the 4F photo -  sorted now. Our photographer took a lot of pics like this - he called them 'just bits of line' !  - but they are now of great historical importance. Fortunately most are identified......!

Comment by alwyn sparrow on March 26, 2013 at 19:47

Barry,

Yes sorry I meant looking west.There was a occupation bridge at Chadshunt down  Watery Lane .I walked this section in 1967-8 after the track had been lifted.The ballast was pretty clean then.Some of the trackbed has been swept away along this section, it now being returned to agricultural use.Also along the Southam road  between Gaydon and Chadshunt I can remember a old cast iron  mileage marker stating the distance to Kineton station.

Comment by Barry Taylor on March 26, 2013 at 12:28

Hi Alwyn - thanks for this. Presumably you meant to say looking west? This then seems to fit with the Edge Hills away on the extreme left - I've had a look on Google street view at the present day scene, and although the railway bridge seems to have gone, the distant view towards the hills looks just right. I had assumed that long shadows meant an evening view looking east, but it looks as though our photographer must have got up early.

I reckon that the accompanying shot of the 4F on the same newly ballasted section could be at the same location looking the other way from the lineside, and this would account for the 'against the light' nature of the photo if he was looking into the early morning sun. Most of his shots in that area are from the 1957/8 period, and a working timetable of that era shows an Olney to Stratford freight due at Burton Dassett around 9.45am - the working started off at Bedford and this would tie in with 44317's allocation.

Comment by alwyn sparrow on March 24, 2013 at 19:51

Look's like it's the section between Burton Dasset and Kineton at Chadshunt heading east. Top left of picture 

seem's to be the Edge Hill escarpment. This section was upgraded in late 50s by the Western Region  in conjunction with new connection at Stratford  for the Iron ore traffic

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