‘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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Ian Merivale replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING'
Sep 21
Ian Merivale replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING'
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Ian Merivale replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING'
"Great comments by Andy Thompson about Moreton Pinkney (with an "e") - for the record, the signalman was Louis Hawtin (not Les) who later worked at Banbury Lane signal box in Northampton. Mr and Mrs Pratt (Della and Les) were my Dad's…"
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Ian Merivale replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING'
"A chap called Guy Higgs used to live in the crossing keepers house in the late 50's early 60's!"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Ian Merivale
"Hello Ian, Thanks for that historical note!! If you have photos/documents relating to your Dad's work, you could always upload onto the site!! Kind regards, Peter"
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Ian Merivale left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"Hello Peter I'm Moreton Pinkney born and bred. Dad was a Driver at Wooford. I was a Secondman at Cambridge and Banbury. A long time ago. Ian"
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At 17:36 on September 17, 2020, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Ian,

Thanks for that historical note!!

If you have photos/documents relating to your Dad's work, you could always upload onto the site!!

Kind regards,

Peter

At 23:20 on May 29, 2018, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Ian,

Thanks for joining the SMJ site!!

What brought you here?

Peter

 
 
 

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