‘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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Woodford Halse - Banbury 27th August 1966

I apologise for being slightly 'off-piste' with this enquiry. I am referring to the SLS 'Farewell to GCR' DMU railtour of 27/8/1966 from Birmingham New Street. Does anyone hold or know of operating details or images of this tour?As part of the…Continue

Started by Ian Clark on Sunday.

Goldicot Cutting Photograph 6 Replies

Hello, I am interested in the location of the image posted by Terry Dorrity on the Six Bells Junction website. This is of 44188 on the 'Farewell to SMJR Tour' of 24th April 1965 in Goldicot Cutting.The SLS Library Collection has a photograph of…Continue

Started by Ian Clark. Last reply by Ian Clark on Saturday.

HS2 and the SMJ 9 Replies

Without wishing to start a debate on the pros and cons of HS2, it occurred to me that the proposed route must cross the SMJ somewhere. I looked at the map on the following link:…Continue

Started by John Cosford. Last reply by John Cosford Apr 10.

Private Owner Wagons on the SMJ in the Pre-Group Era 6 Replies

I've acquired Simon Dunkley's S scale E&W / SMJ items and aim to build a small layout to use them on.More on this on this - another time.I'm interested to know if there is a list of PO Wagons (Pre Group era) that called the SMJ home?  IE Wagons…Continue

Started by Kelvin White. Last reply by Dick Bodily Mar 25.

TOWCESTER & BUCKINGHAM RAILWAY 2 Replies

There is a local act for the above railway to be abandoned, dated 24th August 1893. Presumably this must have connected with the N & B Railway at some point, does anybody have any info ?…Continue

Started by NIGEL. Last reply by NIGEL Mar 20.

SMJ Bridge 170 8 Replies

Some SMJ news folks:The SMJ Bridge 170 on the Olney Branch, which crosses Quinton road near Salcey Forest, is currently in the process of being demolished. The actual bridge itself was lifted in the late 60's, but the abutments on both sides and…Continue

Started by Richard Woods. Last reply by Stephen Dawson Mar 11.

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Woodford Halse - Banbury 27th August 1966

I apologise for being slightly 'off-piste' with this enquiry. I am referring to the SLS 'Farewell to GCR' DMU railtour of 27/8/1966 from Birmingham New Street. Does anyone hold or know of operating details or images of this tour?As part of the…See More
Sunday
Ian Clark replied to Ian Clark's discussion 'Goldicot Cutting Photograph'
"Terry, Thanks very much for your assistance and your comments about tours. I am very interested in SLS tours including joint with other societies and help the SLS with an archive of images and documents of those tours. This may not be appropriate…"
Saturday
John Cosford replied to John Cosford's discussion 'HS2 and the SMJ'
"I don't think that logic plays much of a part in government thinking....... "
Apr 10
Richard Woods replied to John Cosford's discussion 'HS2 and the SMJ'
"I thought that they were going to use a majority of the GCR trackbed? If not, they ought to, as the infrastructure such as cuttings, embankments, bridges ect is still all in place along the entire route between London and Leicester, seems logical…"
Apr 9
NIGEL commented on NIGEL's photo
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TOWCESTER BRICKWORKS SIDING C.1885

"The junction to Towcester brick yard siding was just to the south of the signal post on the N & B RLY., c1882. The present A43 dual carriageway cuts across just to the south of this junction."
Apr 9
Dick Bodily commented on Andy Thompson's page Rail Tours
"Barry Taylor sent me this image of the 17/11/1962 'King Commemorative Railtour' at its photostop at Blakesley.  The engine is 2210. It's an interesting view of the station from an unusual viewpoint.  Barry says that the late…"
Apr 8
Ian Clark replied to Ian Clark's discussion 'Goldicot Cutting Photograph'
"Terry, I am not that familiar with the terrain. In your photo the special appears to be on a downgrade, which would support the supposition that the Blenkinsop photo would be of the final, return working. I also need to confirm that Goldicote…"
Apr 7
Terry Dorrity replied to Ian Clark's discussion 'Goldicot Cutting Photograph'
"Ian, It looks like the same bridge I took my photo from, the bridge over Goldicote cutting on the Stratford to Banbury road. As far as I know it was the only bridge crossing such a deep cutting. However, there were quite a lot of us on that…"
Apr 6
 
 
 

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