‘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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Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

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

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

Tags: of, Honour, Roll, War, SMJR

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

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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.

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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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