‘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"
Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press. He was also one of the main…Continue
Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue
Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.
According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue
A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue
Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.
Although not strictly SMJ, it is interesting to note that the London to Birmingham Railway, which lasted until 1846, had a station called Gayton, the forerunner of Blisworth Station. The original…Continue
"I've been through all my books on the SMJ and according to Barry Taylor's book it's called Towcester East Junction. The only other reference I could find is in the "Track Layout Diagrams of the GWR and BR (W.R.) Section 29 the…"
"It could happen if the government decides so. In which case the local council or anyone else won't have a say. All depends on whether the government decides its of strategic worth to have a depot there. The Howden case was different not being…"
"No. 72 Maintenance Unit Squadron March 1942 - 1957 Salcey Forest near Roade. This was an Equipment Dispersal Depot initially a storage facility for aircraft engine spares, it quickly expanded to become a major depot for all manner of ground…"
"Number 72 Maintenance Unit Squadron from March 1942 - 1957, Salcey Forest near Roade.
This was an Equipment Dispersal Depot, initially a storage facility for aircraft engine spares, it quickly expanded to become a major depot for all manner of…"
"This number refers to the Parsons Spinney Bridge on the Fenny Compton to Byfield section. An underline bridge of the 'occupation' type. No company markings on this type, but see Knightcote Road bridge no.64 plate - oval and has the…"
"What's left of the mounting holes are on 15.5 inch centres, as shown below.
As it happens, my LMS Bridge plate no. 17 has holes on 15.5 inch centres.
So why did they deem it necessary to have stand alone concrete posts for these bridge plates…"
Brick is with our Heritage Society - they have three cupboards of artifacts and documents in addition to masses of stuff at the NRO. I should have signed and dated that article on the brick - indeed it would help if there were a law demanding that everything on the net be signd and dated. By the way is it possible for you to just use the bogstandard email service for our comments - email@example.com Tony
By the way, in a past interaction you ask about a feature running up to the smj line. It looks like a defunct path. Having solid lines ALL around it suggests it was fenced both sides and gated - perhaps let to an individual for access at one time. Footpaths depicted on maps c 1885 and even now with dotted lines indicate a right to passage on that line but there may well be no fencing either side and hazard from stock is ones own problem (that last point of law is nowadays getting pretty weak). Tony