‘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.
"I wrote an article on Ravenstone Wood Jcn that appeared in the Midland Railway Society Journal No.58 (Summer 2015) which dealt (briefly) with the Yardley Chase Munitions Depot. The Piddington connection was announced as opening on 23rd April…"
I would be delighted if some of my Father’s images of No.1000 at Blisworth were included in the Midland Railway Society Newsletter.
My aplogies for the delay in replying.
The left hand line through the junction is the connection through the goods yard at S-upon-A from the GW to the SMJ. The right hand (main line) is to Honeybourne etc. The view is in a southerly direction. The photograph is…"
"A publication that lists all the proposed railways promoted by the East & West, Northampton & Banbury and successors is "Catalogue of Plans of Proposed Canals, Turnpike Roads, Railways and other Public Works etc" - this is complied…"
"The station is indeed Byfield.
There must have been many hundreds of photos taken of 43222 and train on the SMJ on this Sunday. What is perhaps amazing to us today is that the special ran on a Sunday meaning that several signal boxes must have been…"
"The Riley/Simpson book "A History of the SMJ etc" gives a date of 31st May 1948 - i.e. "The north curve to Woodford.....did not close to passenger trains until May 31, 1948". I cannot find any reference to this closure in…"
"47203%20%40%20Swithland%20on%20passenger%2013.6.15.jpgFurther to Dick's comments re the Woodford Halse event at the GC last weekend, I attach a couple of photographs - one of 43106 - a Woodford resident for some in the late'50s/early 60s.…"
"If this is on the SMJ then my guess is that it's crossing over the GW line next to Stratford Race Course station. The gradient post is a clue as the line rises at 1 in 60 westwards from S-on-A and after crossing over the GW then falls at 1 in…"
This all sounds familiar and I think that the early material (1928) was filmed by Mr Stretton-Ward who lived at Leamington. I do have a video tape from quite a few years ago which has much of the same material on it, but still…"