‘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"
As I was in the vicinity this week I visited my old stamping ground of over sixty years ago, the former SMJ station at Binton. The former goods shed has been demolished, 24 upmarket dwellings have been constructed in the old yard and the former…Continue
Looking through Mac Hawkins book on the GCR then and now, he mentions that the GCR were thinking of running a line connecting Brackley to Northampton and had provisionally made a mound ready for a platform to be later constructed but they dropped…Continue
Started by Gary. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 18.
Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue
Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Jim Goodman Apr 18.
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 Andrew Emmerson Apr 17.
"I was a passenger with my mother on this train when departing from Kineton...l think it was 5th April 1952...As it was 68 years ago, my memory is very sketchy....l do remember my mother taking morning coffee in the hostelry by the Blisworth…"
I take your point about No 16 being camera shy. There are two photos on the Warwickshire Railways site and it looks like No 16 became LMS 2309. I've stalled on my idea of adding nameplates because I don't think they will look right. The photos I've found show that the model is very accurate so perhaps the builder had access to drawings and pictures. The model was finished in 1978 and the builder has long gone. If you want to see my page on the loco the report is here.
Any details on the trip workings to Old Town yard from the GWR, presumably 22xx worked?
I've also foundthat that the last goods at Byfiled was probably brought in from Woodford after the Stratford - Blisworth pick ups ceased and was steel rods for the building of the radar tower thing near Charwelton.
Blaklesley & Towcester coal merchants were still supplied by the continuing Blisworth - Woodford West pick up until late 63, possibly early Jan 64.
I wondered if you could help me in finishing my article about pick up SMJ line freights for the website by answering the following questions?
After the discontinuation of the Stratford-Blisworth pick ups were there any other pick up or local workings at the Stratford end of the line? ( I have quite extensive info on what went on east of Byfield)
Were there trips workings at any time in your memory from the SMJ to the GWR at Stratford or to and from Clifford Sidings?
Clifford Sidings remained open officially after the end of the Stratford - Blisworth pick ups, did any trains actually call there during that period?
Any details about working or locos would be much appreciated
I don't think I will put the Ettington pix in an album if you think they are still copyright. Your great colour picture of the final railtour is in various albums inc. 'Stratford upon Avon', 'The SMJR Remembered' and 'Final Days'. I put several Albums together so that people can watch slideshows when I was editing the picture collection for Andy a little while ago. It would be nice to have albums for 'Ettington' and the stations beyond Stratford towards Broom as we have for the other stations but we have so few pix of them on the website.
I obtained these images by scanning from magazines. They are almost certainly still in copyright although the titles concerned are no longer published. I think a warning note to any user should point out that the images must only be used for personal research and not for commercial gain. If you have not already used the colour image on my page of the last train at Stratford GW it is my own image and I have no problem with it being used on the site John
re. the images of Ettington station that you attached to Si's discussion about Small SMJ stations would it be okay for me to copy and paste them into the SMJR photos section so they could appear in an eventual Ettington album or would there be copyright issues?