‘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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"Harry Furniss also illustrated the Roll of Honour for the London & North Western…"

NIGEL replied Nov 6, 2017 to The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

11 Dec 15, 2017
Reply by Simon Stevens

"My copy arrived this morning. Had a quick read of the first few pages, very informat…"

NIGEL replied Aug 21, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

14 Nov 22, 2017
Reply by John Evans

"Hello Dave, as far as mileages and mileposts go, the only certainty is that Bliswort…"

NIGEL replied Jun 12, 2017 to Train Simulator SMJ

7 Aug 8, 2017
Reply by Bob hawes

"The model of Towcester Station will be moved out at the END OF FEBRUARY. The rest of…"

NIGEL replied Feb 17, 2017 to SMJ Exhibition at Towcester Museum

4 Feb 17, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

"A most interesting map which I think may be earlier than stated. The stations were b…"

NIGEL replied Jan 29, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Interesting to note that in 1891 Station Road, (ex Ford Lane), was maintained by the…"

NIGEL replied Jan 21, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"C. E. BEVAN & CO., WAGON REPAIRING YARD at Blisworth Station near the bend in th…"

NIGEL replied Jan 19, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"The Metropolitan Railway, extension to Moreton Pinkney. Charles Liddell, engineer. D…"

NIGEL replied Jan 14, 2017 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

10 Jan 14, 2017
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"Also there is the deposited plan no.128 Towcester & Hitchin Railway, James B. Bu…"

NIGEL replied Jan 14, 2017 to Mystery line that never was. Did the East & West seek to expand into Bucks?

6 Jan 14, 2017
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"Brackley Central Station (built 1897 by the Rugby firm J. PARNELL & SON) was uni…"

NIGEL replied Jan 10, 2017 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

10 Jan 14, 2017
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