‘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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Would the GCR have gone via Towcester? 14 Replies

Looking through Mac Hawkins book on the GCR then and now, he mentions that the GCR were thinking of running a line connecting Brackley to Northampton and had provisionally made a mound ready for a platform to be later constructed but they dropped…Continue

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EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 13 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

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MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 14 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 Andrew Emmerson on Saturday.

Byfield station woodwork colour 1 Reply

Hi, as anyone any idea what colour the doors would have been on the station building. I have a vague recollection that they were a maroonish/brownish colour, similar to the signal box.Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

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Can anyone identify which road bridge this is? I'm certain that it is on the SMJ somewhere, as it is one of a number of negatives that I have recently acquired all of which are on that line. I don't think that it is the A43 bridge near Tiffield bewteen Northampton and Towcester - the girder panels are too big, and the A43 bridge did have a sort of corrugated top section, although that could have been removed. The road looks quite important, and the white railings and possibly a culvert in the foreground might help. judging by the rest of the negs this could be anywhere along the SMJ - date is probably between mid fifties and early sixties according to other notes that are provided - unfortunately this one has no clues!

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Comment by Barry Taylor on November 15, 2012 at 9:23

Thank you John - mystery solved!

Comment by John Jennings on November 15, 2012 at 8:40

I agree with your comment Alwyn it is bridge No 80 over the Fosse Way looking south. The culvert is the river Dene a tributory of the Avon that joins it in Charcote Park. I have the LMS bridge plate that survived on the brickwork hidden by brambles for a number of years! The deck was removed by Warwickshire Council and BR soon after closure as it was a "low" bridge.

Comment by Barry Taylor on November 13, 2012 at 16:03

Thanks Alwyn - I sort of hoped that someone might suggest the Fosse Way bridge, because I don't have a photo of that one, and I hoped that this might fill the gap! Relatively few of the road bridges were photographed from road level, whereas quite a few were done from the trackside, so this is an unusual one.

Can anyone conform Alwyn's thoughts please - I must check whether there was a culvert close by as that might just confirm it too.

Comment by alwyn sparrow on November 13, 2012 at 13:39

Well Barry it looks very much like where the SMJ crossed the Fosse Way (B4455) between Kineton and Ettington, Approaching from northerly direction, It's situated in dip at bottom of hill before the road climbs again.But I could be wrong.

Alwyn.

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