‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Evesham Redditch & Stratford-upon-Avon Junction Railway 8 Replies

Did this railway (as opposed to the East & West Junction Railway) go into receivership - if so, when. And when did it come out of receivership?Continue

Started by Richard Maund. Last reply by Richard Maund Feb 11.

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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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clive Aug 1, 2020.

Byfield station woodwork colour
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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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 17, 2021.

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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Andrew Emmerson replied to Clive's discussion 'Byfield station woodwork colour'
"In that case, the doors were BS381C 473 Gulf Red   http://www.gel-paint.co.uk/index_htm_files/BS%20Colour%20chart.pdf  The cream colour was BS381C 361 Biscuit (on the same chart).   These were the official British…"
Apr 17, 2021
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, 2020
Steve Johns replied to Clive's discussion 'Concrete sleepers'
"Hi Clive, The points would still be wooden sleepered. Steve"
Jul 31, 2020
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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
Jul 30, 2020
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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, 2020
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, 2020
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."
Oct 16, 2019
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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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