‘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' 

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Would the GCR have gone via Towcester? 10 Replies

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 NIGEL on Saturday.

Mystery line that never was. Did the East & West seek to expand into Bucks? 6 Replies

In MK Museum there is a map of the Wolverton Estate made in about 1850. On it is seen a railway line running from just south of Stony Stratford roughly in a ESE direction towards and over the West Coast main line. This line which clearly was never…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by NIGEL on Saturday.

Dear SMJ site member 4 Replies

Dear SMJ site member,Firstly, a big "Thank You" from all those of you who have helped make the SMJ site what it is today... a considerable and growing resource on the history of this enigmatic line.The archives are brimming with photographs and…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by Tony Goff Dec 30, 2016.

SMJ Rulebook 6 Replies

I see that an old SMJ rulebook from 1919 went for £133 on e-bay today.Anyone on here the lucky purchaser?SMJ…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Dec 26, 2016.

Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition 12 Replies

I was visiting Towcester Museum this week dropping off some artefacts for their SMJ exhibition this summer. This is an excellent museum, but they need more SMJ items to make a proper exhibition. I have loaned them a weight restriction sign, 'Beware…Continue

Started by John Evans. Last reply by NIGEL Dec 16, 2016.

SMJ photo on ebay - possibly! 6 Replies

Just seen this photo on ebay:-…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Robin Cullup Dec 5, 2016.

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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Jeremy Ingram
"Hello Jeremy, A warm welcome to the SMJ site. We look forward to your input! Peter"
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Jeremy Ingram is now a member of The SMJ Society
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NIGEL replied to Gary's discussion 'Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?'
"The Metropolitan Railway, extension to Moreton Pinkney. Charles Liddell, engineer. Deposited 30th November 1889. Railway no.1. From a junction with the East & West Junction Railway in Canons Ashby; through Moreton Pinkney, Sulgrave, Helmdon,…"
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NIGEL replied to Dick Bodily's discussion 'Mystery line that never was. Did the East & West seek to expand into Bucks?'
"Also there is the deposited plan no.128 Towcester & Hitchin Railway, James B. Burke, Joseph F. Burke, engineers. Deposited 30th November. No act. From a junction with the authorised line of the East & West Junction Railway ( Act, 1864; plan…"
Saturday
NIGEL replied to Gary's discussion 'Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?'
"Brackley Central Station (built 1897 by the Rugby firm J. PARNELL & SON) was unique on the line. The MSLR had hoped to use the (A43) bridge for public access to the platform, but local opposition meant that the booking office had to be built on…"
Jan 10
Dick Bodily commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Cheers Gary, have updated that. No doubt the book has several panned pictures of GWR expresses as Michael Mensing was noted for those sort of shots, one of the best steam age photographers. Dick"
Jan 10
Gary replied to Gary's discussion 'Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?'
"On a group on Facebook regarding the GCR and the remains, the fact that the platform is effectively on the wrong side of the line was raised. I believe that trains from Northampton would use the main platform then once empty re-position and wait at…"
Jan 10
Gary commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Hi Dick, The book is credited to Michael Mensing.ATVBG"
Jan 10

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