‘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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1959 rail tour 1 Reply

Also full details and timings of this tour on --rail tours 1959-- website with some nice photos of 45091

Started by ray w. Last reply by Simon Stevens Oct 1.

Sunday 9th August 1959 "Grafton " rail tour

Just found this ticket for above rail tour around East Midlands taking in Blisworth, Byfield and Woodford Halse, where 45091 was used. There is a fascinating account of this round trip from Kings Cross on the RCTS website Watford Branch Newsletter…Continue

Started by ray w Sep 29.

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 Sep 21.

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.

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The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society's N gauge model of Kineton Station will be on display for the very first time at our annual exhibition at Leamington College on 4th & 5th March. Although no scenery has been added yet, the track-work and electronics have been completed, so the layout will be operational throughout the weekend. We are still fact-finding, so would be delighted to chat to any SMJ members who attend the show. Details about the exhibition can be found at www.lwmrs.co.uk.

During our research we recently came across some photos taken by a lady who worked in the ticket office at Kineton, amongst which was this interesting image of a back-to-back snow plough. Given the amount of snow present, we think it must have been taken in the severe winter of 1947. Any thoughts?

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Thanks for letting us know Mark. Andy

There is a hint of L M S, or 3 cleaned areas, on the tender, plus the smokebox number plate does not appear big enough for more than 4 digits, which suggests pre-1950 (at the latest). Given the weather, then the winter of '47 is probably right.

Any chance of any more photos, from the collection and indeed of the layout?

Simon

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