‘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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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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Timetable from 1870 newspaper showing Tiffield as a request station

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Comment by Barry Taylor on June 21, 2013 at 17:17

I've always thought that 'stopped by signal' might have referred to a signal given to the driver or guard by the passenger, rather than a railway signal being used. However - it is interesting that there is a signal marked in just the right place near Caldecote Rd bridge, and I wonder if this signal is also relevant to my comment about the temporary block post?

I've got one or two other contacts who might be able to add something to all of this - will give them a try and report back after my hols.

Comment by Richard Woods on June 21, 2013 at 16:54

Good find, Barry. It's interesting that the timetable references a signal being at the station, and according to historical maps of the late 1800's, there was a signal post located just before the Caldecote Road bridge, slightly to the east, so this could help pinpoint the location of the halt at the Caldecote Road sight. Although, the maps are from 1885, which are 14 years after the station closed, but I shouldn't think the signalling equipment was reshuffled in the area. The historical maps list all sorts of things, from ground frames to signals to signal boxes, and even chains.

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