‘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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Kineton Station

The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society's N gauge model of Kineton Station will be on display for the very first time at our annual exhibition at Leamington College on 4th & 5th March. Although no scenery has been added yet, the…Continue

Started by Mark Reader on Wednesday.

SMJ Exhibition at Towcester Museum 4 Replies

I visited the Towcester museum on Sunday and just wanted to say how good I thought the exhibition was, the content was excellent and I particularly liked the model of Towcester Station.Well DoneContinue

Started by Mike Smith. Last reply by NIGEL Feb 17.

SMJR pictures on warwickshirerailways.com

I found this website the other day, I expect most of you are familiar with it, but I have put this link in in case like myself you were unaware of it. Some nice pictures of Stratford shed both in SMJ and LMS days plus Stratford Old Town and SMJ…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Feb 9.

SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth 9 Replies

Adrian's recent photo of the SMJ platforms at Blisworth has started me thinking about the precise nature of the station arrangements there. I know that in the 1950's (when I were a lad ! ) the station building on the roadside opposite the Blisworth…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Jan 30.

Woodford Article

This is not strictly SMJ related but Rex Partridge informs me that there is an article about Woodford by an ex-footplateman, Ralph Radford, in this month's Steam World.  I haven't seen it yet. Apparently there is more of Ralph's article to follow in…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Jan 22.

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 Jan 14.

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Simon Dunkley commented on NIGEL's photo
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LNWR working the N&BJR into SMJ days.

"Nice photo, but this doesn't add anything new: Dunn's Oakwood Press booklet is clear on this arrangement: I can only guess, but this might have been the primary source for the information (and technically speaking is a secondary source,…"
Feb 15
NIGEL left a comment for Frank Cheevers
"There was also The Micheline, which ran in 1931/2 on the Bletchley to Oxford line."
Feb 12
NIGEL posted a photo

LNWR working the N&BJR into SMJ days.

An extract from "Railways of Northamptonshire 1800-1960" by Clinker shows that the N & BJR was worked by the LNWR for nearly 34 years, into SMJ days.
Feb 11
Dick Bodily posted a discussion

SMJR pictures on warwickshirerailways.com

I found this website the other day, I expect most of you are familiar with it, but I have put this link in in case like myself you were unaware of it. Some nice pictures of Stratford shed both in SMJ and LMS days plus Stratford Old Town and SMJ…See More
Feb 9
John Norton commented on NIGEL's photo
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TOWCESTER STATION MODEL.

"It was at Mk exhibition last year."
Jan 30
Colin Franklin commented on NIGEL's photo
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TOWCESTER STATION MODEL.

"I seem to remember seeing this layout at a Model Railway Exhibition in Milton Keynes a few years ago."
Jan 30
Barry Taylor replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth'
"Good question! The "proposed" reservoir was never proceeded with but the road did get constructed - although perhaps on a slightly different alignment ? I wonder if the reason for the reservoir was just to provide an…"
Jan 30
NIGEL posted a photo

Blisworth Station Southern Side.

Note cottage next to reservoirs, gas holder (coal gas?) for station gas lamps, pumping house with cottage above (next to canal, near bridge) and the stables next to the goods shed. Did the water tank on top of the steam powered pumping house also…
Jan 29

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1 SMJ Exhibition at Towcester Museum

SMJ Exhibition at Towcester Museum

Posted by Mike Smith on January 17, 2017

2 TOWCESTER STATION MODEL.

TOWCESTER STATION MODEL.

Added by NIGEL on January 27, 2017

3 LNWR working the N&BJR into SMJ days.

LNWR working the N&BJR into SMJ days.

Added by NIGEL on February 11, 2017

4 Blisworth Station Southern Side.

Blisworth Station Southern Side.

Added by NIGEL on January 29, 2017

5 Kineton Station

Kineton Station

Posted by Mark Reader on February 22, 2017

 
 
 

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