‘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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Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens on Friday.

Burton Dassett Cableway

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward Jan 20.

Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Nicholas Hemming Dec 30, 2020.

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Was the Railway Arch at Blisworth really built by R. Dunkley?
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In looking for records of Richard Dunkley's career we have drawn a blank in many areas and are faced with a speculative trip to Kew Records Office - unless one of you guys know some answers:1)…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Porteous Oct 23, 2015.

Large Scale Map of Blisworth Station
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Hello All.Map 4 of a sequence of maps beginning at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony Marsh Dec 4, 2010.

Blisworth Mail Catching Apparatus
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Does anyone know where the "mailbag catching apparatus" was installed, before WWII, near Blisworth Station to serve the up and down expresses?  I have accumulated conflicting opinions and can only…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony Marsh Dec 6, 2010.

"Automatic" points?
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This is a question for anyone.  On two of the railway wagon tracks that lead to the canal from mines rather than the SMJ line or the main line there was a brake drum contraption that controlled the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Coles Nov 22, 2010.

 

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At 22:06 on August 26, 2013, NIGEL said…

Hello Tony, what do you know about the 'BLISWORTH BRICK COMPANY'?

I have a sample picture, and know of the area by the canal where they were made.

Nigel.

At 20:35 on March 10, 2011, John Whitehead said…

Tony

I've just joined this group and have added a modest memory.

If, as I think, you're the chap responsible for the Blisworth village web site you may recall I sent you a couple of years ago some memories of Blisworth station signal box in the 1950s and 60s. I've updated these and if you drop me a line to my new email address, j.whitehead155@gmail.com I'll send you a copy.

Regards

John Whitehead

Caldicot, Monmouthshire

 

 

At 18:30 on November 20, 2010, Peter S Lewis said…
Hello Tony,

Welcome aboard!

Peter
At 14:08 on November 20, 2010, Andy Thompson said…
Tony

First may I say its great to have your expertise on board, and second, I always stand to be corrected! Sometimes its a case of 'give it a shake - then see what comes out!' I welcome all the input you can give, and please, please feel free to correct. I'm trying to document it all, so add and delete as you know best!

Andy
At 12:02 on November 20, 2010, Andy Thompson said…
HI Tony - nice to have you along! Andy
 
 
 

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