‘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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1959 rail tour

Also full details and timings of this tour on --rail tours 1959-- website with some nice photos of 45091

Started by ray w yesterday.

Sunday 9th August 1959 "Grafton " rail tour

Just found this ticket for above rail tour around East Midlands taking in Blisworth, Byfield and Woodford Halse, where 45091 was used. There is a fascinating account of this round trip from Kings Cross on the RCTS website Watford Branch Newsletter…Continue

Started by ray w yesterday.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 12 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 Ian Merivale Sep 21.

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.

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It was being lived in a by a railwayman at the time, but needed quite a lot of work. He let us wander round on one occasion. Some of the slates on the roof used for repairs came from Salcey Forest when it was demolished.April 5 1966.

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Comment by Tony Newman on March 15, 2020 at 14:30

Gosh, this is so encouragingly well preserved and complete - so ripe for demolition and 'redevelopment'. They built them to last back then, didn't they? To me it is part and parcel of education (one of the most important activities any nation can concern itself with surely) that a government should take a keen interest in all aspects of heritage deserving of restoration and preservation - and conducive to it, not slink away and leave it to the goodwill of heritage enthusiasts. Industry may be thin on the ground now, but it and the railways were once the cornerstone of the nation's life and well-being. Forget funding that fine statue of some rich, loved and hated, probably dead, not-altogether-honest politician, get some new windows, roof and doors in this place - whoever it actually belongs to. Few castles and stately homes are still in possession of the original owner, such national treasures get passed on down the generations. Isn't it great that when the call goes out for funding for a heritage project, say, to restore an ailing Flying Scotsman to perfect health, individual donations and National Heritage lottery fund supporters poured more than four million into the project? Kudos to every one of them. Just one opinion, of course.           

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