‘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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The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

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Line Speed 5 Replies

Probably a question or an answer that is on here somewhere and I have missed it, but what was the line running speed? Always get the impression that the trains dawdled along rather than made any great progress.Continue

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Steam collection at Binton

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Comment by Stuart John Dodd on January 29, 2018 at 7:07

This may work better 

https://www.google.fr/maps/@52.1882493,-1.8649743,17.46z

By the side of the B49 

Comment by Stuart John Dodd on January 29, 2018 at 6:54

Some of the ploughing engines survive,

https://www.google.fr/maps/@52.1878642,-1.8645735,3a,60y,12.11h,90t...!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s4OuJRLgUSVsK5pOe0Tipow!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Comment by Dick Bodily on August 31, 2017 at 14:25

It must have been taken pre 1960 south link put in at Stratford. 48204 would have either have been allocated to Toton (18A) or Westhouses (18B) then, looks like the latter as far as I can make out. Either would not have been that usual I would have thought at Binton, looks like iron ore wagons, possibly from the Oxfordshire Iron Ore workings joining the SMJ at Fenny Compton. Also looks as if the crane is either installing or lifting a diesel engine to (or from) the Fowler ploughing engine. The engines belonged to Bomford & Carr who did a lot of dredging with ploughing engines.

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