‘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"
Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue
Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 27.
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
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…
"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…"
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…
"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…"
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