‘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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Probably a question or an answer that is on here somewhere and I have missed it, but what was the line running speed? Always get the impression that the trains dawdled along rather than made any great progress.Continue

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Interesting Ebay item 1 Reply

Thanks to Gary for the heads up!https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254054775180AndyContinue

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Fenny Compton Goods shed 1 Reply

HelloSome time ago I posted a question concerning the goods shed at Fenny Compton as indicated in the book Track Layout diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 Stratford-Upon-Avon & Midland Jcn. Rly. by R.A. Cooke ;…Continue

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I've received a request through a Northants family tree website for any information on a George Brown, born c.1836 and onetime stationmaster at Wappenham. His wife was Mary Ann Foster, born 1837 at…Continue

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Can anyone help?

I've received a request through a Northants family tree website for any information on a George Brown, born c.1836 and onetime stationmaster at Wappenham. His wife was Mary Ann Foster, born 1837 at Bradden and his father James Brown, born c.1814.Anyone able to provide further info please?John WhiteheadCaldicot Monmouthshire See More
Feb 16, 2012
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Blisworth signal and Bridge No 1

"I've just picked this up. Spotting 46102 Black Watch at Blisworth was rare (but I've  spotted it too). As a lad in the late 1940s and 50s I used to help at various signalboxes including Banbury Lane, Heyford, Gayton and Blisworth.…"
Jun 23, 2011
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Blisworth Junction

The Blisworth village history web site has an excellent section on the railway including much info and photos of the SMJ. The link's http://www.blisworth.org.uk/images/Rails.htm. Part 3 links to an article I wrote on my memories of helping out in the main line box in the 1950s and 60s. I also helped (unofficially) at Gayton, Banbury Lane and Heyford.
Mar 12, 2011
John Whitehead left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"Hi Peter My reply to your email may have gone to a no-reply box and you might not therefore have received it. I now live in Caldicot Monmouthshire, 2 miles from Severn Tunnel Junction but as my modest SMJ memories which I've just…"
Mar 12, 2011
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"Hello John, I'm in Bidford-on-Avon.... And you? Peter"
Mar 10, 2011
John Whitehead left a comment for Tony Marsh
"Tony I've just joined this group and have added a modest memory. If, as I think, you're the chap responsible for the Blisworth village web site you may recall I sent you a couple of years ago some memories of Blisworth station signal box…"
Mar 10, 2011
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My SMJ memories

I’ve just joined your group, having been pointed to you following Andy Thompson’s article in the January 2009 edition of Steam Days, a magazine which crossed my desk recently. I was born in 1940 and grew up at Eastcote, a small village near Towcester. My first experience of the SMJ was when I was about 6 or 7, my best mate and I walked the 4 miles to the Blisworth overbridge adjacent to where the SMJ turntable was and peered through the fence at the small signalbox, the modest activity and the…See More
Mar 10, 2011
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"Hello John,   Welcome !!   Your memories and anecdotes are keenly anticipated!!   Peter"
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"Blimey Andy, that was quick!   Don't know Will Caton but I've scrolled through the list of members and see Tony Marsh who I think runs the Blisworth village history web site's a member. I'll record a few memories shortly."
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Blisworth Junction

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The Blisworth village history web site has an excellent section on the railway including much info and photos of the SMJ. The link's http://www.blisworth.org.uk/images/Rails.htm. Part 3 links to an article I wrote on my memories of helping out in the main line box in the 1950s and 60s. I also helped (unofficially) at Gayton, Banbury Lane and Heyford.

My SMJ memories

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I’ve just joined your group, having been pointed to you following Andy Thompson’s article in the January 2009 edition of Steam Days, a magazine which crossed my desk recently.

 

I was born in 1940 and grew up at Eastcote, a small village near Towcester. My first experience of the SMJ was when I was about 6 or 7, my best mate and I walked the 4 miles to the Blisworth overbridge adjacent to where the SMJ turntable was and peered through the fence at the small signalbox, the…

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At 8:02 on March 16, 2011, Andy Thompson said…

You need to get the book by Robert Stevens. I'm sure it was number 12. We know Tony - he's been very helpful

Andy

At 22:42 on March 10, 2011, Peter S Lewis said…
Hello John,

I'm in Bidford-on-Avon....

And you?

Peter
At 16:06 on March 10, 2011, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello John,

 

Welcome !!

 

Your memories and anecdotes are keenly anticipated!!

 

Peter

At 14:52 on March 10, 2011, Andy Thompson said…

I hope you enjoy the site John.  I haven't any talks planned. Anything you can add we will be very interested in. You mentioned Park St. Will Caton lived in Park street, number 12. He was a shunter porter.

 

Andy

 
 
 

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