‘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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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 on Sunday.

1959 rail tour 1 Reply

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

Started by ray w. Last reply by Simon Stevens Oct 1.

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 Sep 29.

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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Concrete sleepers
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I've been looking at the trackwork at Byfield station and it looks like concrete sleepers (late 50's). Would this be correct? If so, would the points still be wooden sleepers?Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

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Byfield station woodwork colour

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…Continue

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Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952
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   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were…Continue

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Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were…Continue

Started Aug 13, 2019

 

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Clive replied to Clive's discussion 'Concrete sleepers'
"Thanks Steve, I thought they might have. Surprised though that it was concrete sleepers for such a rural line, I can only assume it was for the freight traffic in its later years. Could be wrong of course!."
Aug 1
Steve Johns replied to Clive's discussion 'Concrete sleepers'
"Hi Clive, The points would still be wooden sleepered. Steve"
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Concrete sleepers

I've been looking at the trackwork at Byfield station and it looks like concrete sleepers (late 50's). Would this be correct? If so, would the points still be wooden sleepers?Thanks in advanceCliveSee More
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Byfield station woodwork colour

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 advanceCliveSee More
Mar 21
Clive replied to Clive's discussion 'Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952'
"Sorry for the delay but thanks for information. Bought a non corridor 3rd, it looks right! Good enough for me at the moment."
Mar 21
Steve Johns replied to Clive's discussion 'Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952'
"Clive, From photographs in various books on the SMJ it seems that the non-corridor brake 3rds tended to be of LMS diagram 1703 period 1 and diagram 1735 period 2. Steve."
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At 15:06 on September 7, 2017, Peter S Lewis said…

Clive,

Welcome to the SMJ site!

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