‘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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MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 13 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor on Sunday.

1959 rail tour 1 Reply

Also full details and timings of this tour on --rail tours 1959-- website with some nice photos of 45091

Started by ray w. Last reply by Simon Stevens Oct 1.

Sunday 9th August 1959 "Grafton " rail tour

Just found this ticket for above rail tour around East Midlands taking in Blisworth, Byfield and Woodford Halse, where 45091 was used. There is a fascinating account of this round trip from Kings Cross on the RCTS website Watford Branch Newsletter…Continue

Started by ray w Sep 29.

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens Sep 14.

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"Hi Andy I hope you are well, as George has stated the layout will be removed in the…"

John Norton replied Jan 18, 2017 to SMJ Exhibition at Towcester Museum

4 Feb 17, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

"Confirmation that Towcester layout will be installed in Towcester Museum on Mondsy A…"

John Norton replied Jul 31, 2016 to Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition

12 Dec 16, 2016
Reply by NIGEL

"Hi Paul, the museum has contacted me and stated that things had "slid". They are now…"

John Norton replied Jul 13, 2016 to Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition

12 Dec 16, 2016
Reply by NIGEL

"They also wanted my exhibition layout of Towcester which I agreed to loan. I've hear…"

John Norton replied Jul 11, 2016 to Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition

12 Dec 16, 2016
Reply by NIGEL

"Thanks Gary, we have omitted several of the sidings in the station yard and "squeeze…"

John Norton replied Jul 28, 2013 to Lucas Bridge Towcester Model Layout

4 Aug 3, 2013
Reply by Brian Elphick

"Thought I had posted picture of the bridge!!"

John Norton replied Jul 20, 2013 to Lucas Bridge Towcester Model Layout

4 Aug 3, 2013
Reply by Brian Elphick

"If we are talking about he model that was in Birmingham, I have seen it and took pho…"

John Norton replied Jan 6, 2013 to Towcester Museum 100 Club

27 Jan 21, 2013
Reply by John Evans

"Hi Simon, thank you for your reply, I will contact Richard. Brian, I will call you…"

John Norton replied Jan 6, 2013 to Drawings of Towcester Station

7 Jan 30, 2013
Reply by Brian Elphick

"Thanks Peter I will post some pictures on here soon. John"

John Norton replied Jan 5, 2013 to Drawings of Towcester Station

7 Jan 30, 2013
Reply by Brian Elphick

"Hi Andy Martin Johns is my next door neighbour ( literally ) so i will keep chaing h…"

John Norton replied Jan 5, 2013 to Towcester Museum 100 Club

27 Jan 21, 2013
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