‘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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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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Andrew Emmerson replied to Gary's discussion 'Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?'
"Jim, I totally agree that there was plenty of room for an extra track, not only on the down side as you point out but also on the up side, which was built as a siding on which the redundant Starlight Special coaches were stored in the early…"
Apr 18, 2021
Jim Goodman replied to Gary's discussion 'Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?'
"Hi Andrew, It's always interesting to get a new, and different, view on an old subject. The only point I'd like to make is the unusually large gap between the buildings and the platforms, as seen in this photo by HC Casserley. There…"
Apr 18, 2021
Simon Dunkley replied to Gary's discussion 'Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?'
"That’s rather a dismissive statement. I have seen references occasionally to this - it would fit with the politicking associated with building new lines (“Give us running powers between A and B, and we will drop our…"
Apr 17, 2021
Andrew Emmerson replied to Gary's discussion 'Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?'
"The Northampton line was a fanciful notion spread in the early 1960s by a boy in the same school as me in Brackley. The so-called 'platform' was just a storage area used by the P. Way people and could not be reached from upstairs. The only…"
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Gary replied to Nicholas Hemming's discussion 'Single track?'
"It was single track yes, although engineered to double, apart from Goldicote Cutting. Towcester to Greens Norton Junction was originally a double track section but was later remodelled to parallel single lines with no connection other than at…"
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"I used to know someone who lived at Wood End and they had a bucket of bits that kept turning up in the fields from this tragedy. I have a couple of pieces at home which act as a reminder of such troubled times."
Feb 11, 2020
Gary replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Aircraft crash'
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Gary replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Aircraft crash'
"My two passions in one place - trains and aeroplanes...According to the narrative in "Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses Vol 7" by W R Chorley. "T/o 1955 Wescott for a night cross country. Reported to have landed roughly at 2200,…"
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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…


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…



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





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

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.

At 9:32 on July 13, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Hey groovy photo man!
At 10:00 on April 24, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
...cheers me old mucker!
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!?

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

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


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