‘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 10 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 Ian Merivale yesterday.

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 on Monday.

Bidford-on-Avon station photos 2 Replies

Hello folks - I'm interested in sourcing any historical photos of Bidford-on-Avon station and wondering if anyone here could help point me in the right direction? (There are a few on…Continue

Started by Greg Wye. Last reply by Greg Wye Aug 30.

Stored coaches 4 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Ian Mathews Aug 16.

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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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Blisworth Junction

Posted on March 12, 2011 at 10:25 0 Comments

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.

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Posted on March 10, 2011 at 19:23 0 Comments

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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