‘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"
For those interested in the Train Simulator 2014 side of life... I've begun modelling the SMJ railway in the route creator/editor, using terrain from imported Google Earth and imagery of the line from the SMJ days. As you'd expect, the route is…Continue
Started by Richard Woods. Last reply by Bob hawes Aug 8.
I see an advert for Volume 1 of Barry Taylor's SMJ history in RM. Apparently it will cover the E&WJR and N&BJR period pre SMJ and is being published by Black Dwarf mid-August, cost &25 plus p.p.Continue
Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily Aug 4.
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
"This parapet was rebuilt a few years ago, due to most of the original one being pushed into the cutting below. I suppose it was cheaper than filling in the cutting. As you can see the bricks are much cleaner, and less weathered, than the ones on the…"
"Hello Dave, as far as mileages and mileposts go, the only certainty is that Blisworth Station was used as "Milepost Zero" for the line to Towcester. There are 2 mileposts still standing in the Tiffield area, one TWO MILE and one (TWO AND…"
"The loco looks to have been owned by 'The Clay Cross Co. Ltd.' and the two wagons appear to be single bolsters with the bolsters removed. The brickwork and roof of Helmdon Station building look to be in very good condition, unlike the…"
"Nice photo, but this doesn't add anything new: Dunn's Oakwood Press booklet is clear on this arrangement: I can only guess, but this might have been the primary source for the information (and technically speaking is a secondary source,…"
Note cottage next to reservoirs, gas holder (coal gas?) for station gas lamps, pumping house with cottage above (next to canal, near bridge) and the stables next to the goods shed. Did the water tank on top of the steam powered pumping house also…
"A most interesting map which I think may be earlier than stated. The stations were built by Richard Dunkley in 1845, as was his residence 'The Loundes', south of the Hotel, in 1846. The Blisworth Hotel was built by Dunkley in 1847, and…"
"The model of Towcester is coming out of the museum in the middle of Feb as it needs some electrical work on it as it returns to the exhibition circuit from March onwards in 2017.
The rest of the exhibition will close at the end of Feb."
"Interesting to note that in 1891 Station Road, (ex Ford Lane), was maintained by the L&NWR and that the Northampton & Banbury Junction Railway Co. to contribute £10 per annum towards the cost of maintenance."
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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