‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

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Rights of way on old smj trackbeds
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As a wellesbourne Walker whose interest in railways and the oks smj in particular, are there restrictions on all or any sections of the smj. Yesterday I noticed a new private property sign on the…Continue

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Hugh Jones replied to Peter Vale-Humphreys's discussion 'Rights of way on old smj trackbeds'
"In 1950s i camped in the field near the bridge, it still looks the same now except there are no passing trains"
Dec 24, 2020
Hugh Jones replied to Peter Vale-Humphreys's discussion 'Rights of way on old smj trackbeds'
"There is a footpath following Severn Meadows Road but is separated from it by a hedge and includes a short section of track"
Dec 24, 2020
Stuart John Dodd replied to Peter Vale-Humphreys's discussion 'Rights of way on old smj trackbeds'
"When I was a child in the 70s we would walk to the left of the bridge to the stream where the overbridge had been rmoved, looking from the opposite direction to Walton, we understood that the track bed to the right belonged to the Hutsby's and…"
Dec 24, 2020
Simon Stevens replied to Peter Vale-Humphreys's discussion 'Rights of way on old smj trackbeds'
"I'm aware of a few sections that are reasonably accessible on the Western section: Most of the Gloucester Loop Line between Alcester and Salford Priors from where the river bridge was at Broom to Bidford Road is a nature reserve near Cranhill…"
Dec 12, 2020
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Rights of way on old smj trackbeds

As a wellesbourne Walker whose interest in railways and the oks smj in particular, are there restrictions on all or any sections of the smj. Yesterday I noticed a new private property sign on the over road bridge near Walton and Fosse. Horses/riders use it but does  that really preclude walkers? Interested to have responses. Like to observe the countryside code but is there scope to venture ? Thanks,  Peter See More
Dec 3, 2020
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