‘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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Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Friday.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Sep 20.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

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"Bridge Number 14 There's a list of bridge nos if you click on INDEX link at the top…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 28 to Salvaged track bolts

1 Sep 28
Reply by Dick Bodily

"Have only just got hold of a copy.  Barry has done a superlative job of covering the…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 23, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

14 Nov 22, 2017
Reply by John Evans

"Cheers Barry, I'm sure a lot of SMJR Society members will be interested"

Dick Bodily replied Aug 4, 2017 to Barry's SMJ book

4 Aug 4, 2017
Reply by Dick Bodily

"How many volumes are planned, Barry? And will it cover LMS and BR days eventually?"

Dick Bodily replied Aug 3, 2017 to Barry's SMJ book

4 Aug 4, 2017
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"I seem to remember that in BR days these signs showed vestiges of white background b…"

Dick Bodily replied Apr 27, 2017 to Trespasser sign

4 Apr 27, 2017
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"Alwyn Couldn't get link to work, webpage expired message. Dick"

Dick Bodily replied Apr 7, 2017 to New book with SMJ interest

3 Apr 7, 2017
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"Barry Have added this to the SMJ Books and Magazine Articles page. Very sorry to hea…"

Dick Bodily replied Apr 6, 2017 to New book with SMJ interest

3 Apr 7, 2017
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"Simon, Barry. There were several Dunkley families in Towcester in the '60s, there pr…"

Dick Bodily replied Mar 7, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"During the construction of the Great Central a very steeply graded temporary link wa…"

Dick Bodily replied Dec 23, 2016 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

10 Jan 14, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

"Gary, I was looking at some photos of Blakesley in one of the late Doug Blake's loc…"

Dick Bodily replied Oct 17, 2016 to Station Totems / running in boards

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