‘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' 

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Burton Dassett Cableway 1 Reply

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. Last reply by Mark Reader Feb 22.

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 Jan 22.

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

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The position here is that the branch to Gayton Wood Pit was, in its later stages at least, not really part of the SMJ line. The pit was run by Richard Thomas & Baldwin, who also owned the railway. It ran from the sidings at Blisworth round a sharp curve at the very commencement of the SMJ line, and then diverged south eastwards, passing under the Blisworth to Gayton road by means of a bridge about half way bewteen the SMJ bridge at OS 709541 and the cross roads at 713538. The line continued on a curve towards the south east into the pit, which lay between Gayton Wood Farm and Rectory Farm. This pit had a very large dragline that, if the wind were in the right direction, could be heard groaning from Stoke Bruerne. The railway closed about 1967 and the pit's machinery was gradually dismantled in the following years. There was an 0-6-0 tank called "Ettrick" that worked the line, taking loaded steel tubs to the BR sidings at Blisworth, and towards the end it was driven by my friend Tony Warwick. Your picture shows the farm as it is today, farmed by a family called Huckerby, who were there when the pit was working. The concrete building in the centre of the view was the engine shed, where I believe there was another spare engine kept. The square brick building on the left is also a relic of Richard Thomas & Baldwin's time at the pit.

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Comment by Peter Fleming on July 9, 2010 at 13:01
The line also went under the Blisworth to Tiffield road close to the crossroads and the depot.

Ettrick (a Hunslet 0-4-0) was not the only loco. In final years there was also Blisworth No.1 (a Barclay 0-4-0). Both engines could be in steam, I don't think one was kept as a spare.

Possibly one worked in the quarry and one down to the SMJ line?

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