‘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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Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Friday.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Sep 20.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

Need Site Help?

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 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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