‘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"
AndyPlease accept my apologies for not being to get to Stratford tomorrow but we are currently over in Norfolk. Hope all goes well.Do we have any Branch Line Society members amongst us?RegardsDave HaywardContinue
Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Andy Thompson May 10.
"I came across a reference to the 'kiln' in one of the ES Tonks books.
I believe I had said previously that the 'kiln' was a brick kiln on another thread. I was wrong
The 'kiln' looks like a brick kiln but was going to…"
"If I can add to this discussion.
I believe that the kiln at Showsley is or rather was a calcine kiln, it resembles a brick kiln, but it was never used for calcining. It was used as a workmans mess room.
Hope that helps
"The 'Round the World' would not have picked up ironstone wagons at Charwelton as it was 'asleep' in 1948. Charwelton was open from 1941 to 1944 and then shut along with Byfield in 1944, I think that Byfield re-opened in 1945.…"
"Could this photograph have been taken on a sunday ?
Where was the Avonside ?
It's winter time as the driver is using tarps and sacking to prevent the wind from blowing into the cab when up in the pit as it was somewhat exposed and…"
"Just to add to this, I found footage of Ivo Peters visit to Byfield quarries on Youtube
It shows 'Cherwel' entering the exchange sidings with wagons, photographers can be seen on the SMJ. There is…"
"The picture is taken in the first pit at Byfield started by James Paine. Note the fencing - standard Stanton & Stavely restoration fencing. The old line to the pit went past the shed on the left hand side, until the pits were taken over by…"
"There was another loco here 'Ryder Gibson' this too was a Bagnall built in 1919. It went to a colliery in south Wales.
Industrial Railway Society book 'Industrial Locomotives Of Buck' Beds & Northants'…"
"I think the loco is the hunslet.
Good shot looking straight down the gullet towards the working face. In the background one can see the Ransomes & Rapier 5360 stripping shovel, with the pole or dipper down.
The other excavator is the walking…"
"The item that is being refered to is the digging arm of the Ransomes And Rapier 5360 Stripping Shovel.
It is refered to as 'The Pole'. The pole slots into a hole in the middle the jib of the 5360. You are looking at the rack side…"