‘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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Photographed from the top of a signal post on April 4 1966.For those who have not done this, I would seriously not recommend it. I did it twice - here and at Farthingstone station. Each time I felt I was going to die. Even now, 46 years later, I can feel this signal swaying when I look at this photograph. (April 4 1966)

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Comment by Clive on September 9, 2017 at 17:16

Hi John, really glad you took the risk to climb the post for this photo.It's fantastic! I was born in Byfield in 1960 and lived there for 24 years, ( my mum still does). I have recently been toying with the idea of building a model of Byfield station, still to work out whether 00 finescale or N, so much information. Thankyou

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