‘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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Single track?

Would I be right in assuming that the SMJ was single track all the way apart from passing loops at the stations?Continue

Started by Nicholas Hemming Nov 12.

working timetables.

Hello,Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradshaws.Also, were parcels trains ever routed along the SMJ during BR days?Finally what was the intensity of freight…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson Nov 9.

SMJ maps and booklet 3 Replies

Hello, I live in Southern Alberta, Canada and I'm nearer to 80 than 70. Methinks it is time to reduce my railwayana before it is consigned to the trash. Heaven forbid! My model railway is set in about 1953 and based on a ficticious branch running…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson. Last reply by Steve Johns Nov 1.

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 Oct 25.

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Line Tour III

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 14:19 1 Comment

Well we completed the tour with all station,s apart from Salcey Forest, and junctions, apart from Ravenstone Wood, visited.

We've covered some miles by road and a few by foot too.

I have finally managed to complete the upload of the photos from the latest one and that has been a task and a half.

In doing so I have tried to give folks the best of the tour and most if not all of the relics we found. As I said last time, we took nothing but photos and all we found was left…

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Line tour thoughts.

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 22:00 3 Comments

I'd know I put some of this on the discussion thread but once again I would just like to thank my fellow "Tourists" for yet another enjoyable day out and to appologise for the 5 minute walk that was just a little longer and involved a bit of a backtrack (no pun intended).

 

Just in case anyone is wondering; we have removed nothing that we have found during our tours to date (save a singular lump of coal) only taking photos of any artifacts in situ as we…

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At 11:18 on June 26, 2011, Dick Bodily said…

Gary

 

I've taken off from the site my picture of the diamond sign as there's no point in having two more or less the same.

 

all the best

 

Dick

 

 

At 16:07 on April 3, 2010, Andy Thompson said…
At 14:00 on August 7, 2009, Dick Bodily said…
Gary

Have you seen August's 'Steam Days' ? There's a letter from Rex Partridge which lists the following extra preserved locos as seen by him at Byfield in the 60s
6989 Wightwick Hall, 7903 Foremark Hall. 92207, 92214, 92219, 92240 and 92245. In addition he saw 7927 Willington Hall which is now in pieces.
I don't know Rex, but he's an expert on Woodford and wrote a chapter on Woodford for R Robothams 'The Last Years of the GC Main Line', which I have gleaned much info from.

Dick
At 9:32 on July 13, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Hey groovy photo man!
Andy
At 10:00 on April 24, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
...cheers me old mucker!
TFC
At 9:30 on April 24, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Can you do me a favour? I have had some card made to advertise the Rail Tube Network. Can I post you some and you then could hand them out (willy-nilly) on your rail travels!?

Andy
At 23:21 on April 12, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
My thoughts too! I also thought things would be slicker with this platform. Will let you know how its going. Any thoughts and ideas, let me know

A
At 23:15 on April 11, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Thanks for joining - what do you think of the new site?

Andy
 
 
 

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