‘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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MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 13 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor on Sunday.

1959 rail tour 1 Reply

Also full details and timings of this tour on --rail tours 1959-- website with some nice photos of 45091

Started by ray w. Last reply by Simon Stevens Oct 1.

Sunday 9th August 1959 "Grafton " rail tour

Just found this ticket for above rail tour around East Midlands taking in Blisworth, Byfield and Woodford Halse, where 45091 was used. There is a fascinating account of this round trip from Kings Cross on the RCTS website Watford Branch Newsletter…Continue

Started by ray w Sep 29.

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens Sep 14.

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"Read your report with Albert, I remember him when I was a young trainspotter in Woodford and met up with him again at the GCR Loughborough. I wrote a long article in the magazine given out that weekend. Bill Howes (Great Uncle) drove 44814 the last…"
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A painting of mine taken from a sketch done by my Brother in law in 1966 whilst i sat on my bike. The hoisting gear was not clear so i kept it simple. I have only seen one other Photo of this side of the hoist.
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Former GC railwaymen's homes at Woodford. The one with bay windows would have been occupied by a foreman.

"Percy Road, the Houses on the right with the bay windows also had drivers in them, Tom Pavey etc. We lived in no 32 on the left, next to Eric Tomalin's family in No 34. My father was a Fitter, Outside Machinery foreman"
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At 10:56 on March 26, 2015, Dick Bodily said…

Roger,

If you haven't already seen these Woodford related pages here are links to two pages on this website where I interviewed two ex Woodford firemen about working on the SMJR. Clive was fireman to my cousin Gordon Bodily and Albert, who I'm sure you must know at GCR, used to drive our school bus.

http://thesmjr.ning.com/page/firing-the-steel-trains-an-interview-with-ex-woodford-fireman-alb

http://thesmjr.ning.com/page/clive-boardman-woodford

Dick Bodily

At 21:45 on March 25, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Roger...

WH...?

Sounds like you have  a busy life!!

www.steamtu.be may interest you too!!

Peter

At 18:42 on March 25, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Roger,

Welcome to the SMJ site!

Peter

 
 
 

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