‘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 12 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 Ian Merivale on Monday.

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.

Bidford-on-Avon station photos 2 Replies

Hello folks - I'm interested in sourcing any historical photos of Bidford-on-Avon station and wondering if anyone here could help point me in the right direction? (There are a few on…Continue

Started by Greg Wye. Last reply by Greg Wye Aug 30.

Stored coaches 4 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Ian Mathews Aug 16.

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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

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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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