‘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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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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Site of Salcey Forest station looking west

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Comment by Tim Roy on December 19, 2019 at 11:14

This photo was taken looking west. The remains of the platform are to the right (north) of the track. I also posted a photo looking east with the remains of the platform to the left.

Regards, Tim

Comment by Donald Cook on December 15, 2019 at 15:33

Salcey Forest station was nearer to what is now the B526, previously the A50.  If the photo was looking east instead of west then it could be the bridge under that road to the south of Horton.

Comment by NIGEL on July 8, 2018 at 12:40

No. 72 Maintenance Unit Squadron March 1942 - 1957 Salcey Forest near Roade. This was an Equipment Dispersal Depot initially a storage facility for aircraft engine spares, it quickly expanded to become a major depot for all manner of ground equipment needed by the regions airbases.

Comment by Ron Johnson on July 7, 2018 at 13:15

Was RAF Roade serviced from here?

Comment by Tim Roy on August 30, 2016 at 10:37

Hi John,

The track bed curves too much for the Piddington bridge to be seen from this location (see the maps in my post about the location of the SMJ plate near Salcey Forest).

It is either the footpath footbridge (red ringed in the above maps) or a hedge on top of the cutting.

Regards, Tim

Comment by John Evans on August 27, 2016 at 8:01

I wonder if the bridge in the distance is Forest Road, Piddington.

Comment by John Evans on August 27, 2016 at 8:00

This is how I remember it, Tim.

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