‘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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Planning Application for Binton Station Site 10 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 10.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

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my screen is all squashed up. Only happened recently, and jot on any other sites I use.Using Safari on iOS.Continue

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Line Speed 5 Replies

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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P. W. HUT NEAR BRICKYARD BRIDGE 151 (TOWCESTER TO RAVENSTONE WOOD JCN)

This hut is now in use as a weedkiller store, with a huge black mixing container standing right outside.Continue

Started Apr 20, 2014

Gayton Station

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

Started Jan 29, 2014

TOWCESTER & BUCKINGHAM RAILWAY
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There is a local act for the above railway to be abandoned, dated 24th August 1893. Presumably this must have connected with the N & B Railway at some point, does anybody have any info ?…Continue

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BLISWORTH STATIONMASTERS.

From the list it can be seen that the Stationmasters almost alternated on a yearly basis, between the L.N.W.R. and the Northampton & Banbury Railway (up to 1910), then the S.M.J. from 1910 to 1923. After this date the whole system became the…
Dec 20, 2018
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Blisworth Station Yard.

"UPDATE - The yard at Blisworth showing the Wagon Repair facility and G. E. BEVAN & CO. sidings. Iron ore was sent via tramway down to the Grand Union canal. There was a tipping stage on the canal bank where removable tubs in barges were filled…"
Dec 19, 2018
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GAYTON IRONSTONE QUARRY.

The workings to the east of the crossroads along the Gayton to Blisworth road are show on this map c.1900 - 1910, (red area).The narrow gauge tramway is shown running parallel to this road, then passing under the Rothersthorpe to Tiffield road via a…
Dec 19, 2018
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"While we are on the subject of new railway books, there is Col. Stephens & His Railmotors, out at the same time as Vol. 2 on the SMJ."
Nov 21, 2018
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CONCRETE POST REMAINS

The remains of a reinforced concrete post near Bridge 4, on the old N & B line at Gayton.
Nov 19, 2018
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BRIDGE 3 CEMENT MARKERS

On the old Northampton to Banbury line at Gayton. Subsidence markers dated 10th September 2012. On the northern pillar of the bridge.
Nov 19, 2018
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"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…"
Oct 12, 2018
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"Just been looking at some old maps it would appear that this junction was never actually named."
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"Hardly.....it's the junction with the Ravenstone Wood line north of Towcester."
Oct 12, 2018
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"I think you mean Greens Norton Junction"
Oct 12, 2018
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"A huge warehouse is being built on the Ravenstone Wood Junction site in Towcester. The old Tiffield Road is on the right hand side with Bridge 149 in the distance."
Oct 10, 2018
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"Looking towards Towcester Station at the site of the Ravenstone Wood Junction. Bridge 149 parapet is in the foreground."
Oct 10, 2018
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BLISWORTH RAIL FREIGHT TERMINAL.

"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…"
Sep 7, 2018
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Site of Salcey Forest station looking west

"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…"
Jul 8, 2018

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At 21:31 on August 27, 2013, Tony Marsh said…

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 - tony@marsht.plus.com   Tony

At 7:58 on August 27, 2013, Tony Marsh said…

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

At 7:49 on August 27, 2013, Tony Marsh said…

Blisworth brick company has been a bit nebulous but I condense all I know in the article at http://www.blisworth.org.uk/images/Bricks/Brickworks.htm.

By the way, if you have any Blisworth question you can put your keyword into the home page of that website. I run it - so I'm biassed.

Best wishes.

At 21:34 on August 26, 2013, Tony Marsh said…

Your the 'man' - what a brick!!  Tony

At 20:21 on November 3, 2012, Andy Thompson said…

Nice to meet you today Nigel and thanks for the uploads. Andy

At 14:14 on October 28, 2012, Andy Thompson said…
Welcome aboard! Andy
 
 
 

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