‘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"
I look at the adverts for the railwayana auction houses and see various stations represented in totem form and I was wondering, how many of "our" line still have totems/running in boards in existence?Continue
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 Dave Hayward Sep 22.
Dear All,I have just posted the last of my late Father's SMJ photos on the site. I have included a photo of an LNWR chair at Roade in the "Towcester to Olney, summer 1961" album.I have included 2 photos of No.1000 arriving at Blisworth and a photo…Continue
Started by Tim Roy. Last reply by Jim Goodman Sep 15.
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 NIGEL Aug 25.
Hi everybody,My late Father had an SMJ Beware of Trains plate on the wall in his garden. A couple of weeks ago my family donated it as a gift to Towcester Museum, as we wanted it to be kept in the area as a reminder of the railway for future…Continue
Hi all, I have for sale a oil / paraffin tail lamp, marked BR ( M ), it's in good condition, the burner has a few small holes in the base, but would be easy to repair, £ 50 ono, collection from towcester, I can email pics if interested, having…Continue
The left hand line through the junction is the connection through the goods yard at S-upon-A from the GW to the SMJ. The right hand (main line) is to Honeybourne etc. The view is in a southerly direction. The photograph is…"
I was looking at some photos of Blakesley in one of the late Doug Blake's local history books and discovered that Blakesley station at one time had a similar running board to the ones at Towcester Museum. It was mounted on the brickwork…"
I did reply elsewhere that I would subscribe but note comments above.
I also asked if you could email me as I wanted to contact you by email re the Northamptonshire Heritage Strategy. I consider railways are a very significant part of the…"