‘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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Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

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

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

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.

Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 14 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Nov 22, 2017.

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Started this discussion. Last reply by NIGEL May 20, 2014.

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by NIGEL Mar 20, 2014.

 

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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…"
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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…"
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Site of Salcey Forest station looking west

"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…"
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"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…"
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"Please note that, sadly, the Old Railway Exhibition at Towcester Museum has ended."
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BRIDGE 14 POST AT TOWCESTER.

"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…"
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BRIDGE 14 POST AT TOWCESTER.

"The bolt hole of the left hand arm of the concrete post,  is show in the photo below."
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BRIDGE 14 POST AT TOWCESTER.

"Yes Dick, it was. When I get time I will upload a close up photo showing the bolt holes."
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BRIDGE 14 POST AT TOWCESTER.

"What's interesting about this apart from the fact that it still stands is that there are no bolt holes apparent in the photo image, was it once wider? "
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BRIDGE 14 POST AT TOWCESTER.

Concrete post near Bridge 14 over the River Tove. This would have held the cast iron Bridge number plate. Now leaning substantially, due to erosion of the embankment at this point. See previous photo of Bridge 12 with the Bridge number plate in LMS…
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SMJ LOCO ON THE ROLL OF HONOUR.

Close up of the SMJ loco on the Roll of Honour drawn by Harry Furniss. Taken from the Towcester Museum A0 copy.
Nov 14, 2017
NIGEL replied to John Jennings's discussion 'The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour'
"Harry Furniss also illustrated the Roll of Honour for the London & North Western Railway, dated June 1919, of which 34% of the workforce (31,742 men) served. One man G. Branson, a Clerk, from Blisworth Station (LNWR) served as a Rifleman. Having…"
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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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