‘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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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

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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.

Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 14 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Nov 22, 2017.

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Attached is an article on The LMSR Banbury Branches - as you will all see this is from the October 1946 edition of "Railway Locomotives". This monthly bulletin was a publication sent out to members of The British Locomotive Society which seems to have commenced in 1945 and lasted until the mid-1950s. The publication style was almost identical to that of the RCTS "Railway Observer" - not surprising as they used the same printer.

This piece covers both the Blisworth and Bletchley lines to Banbury so hopefully is of interest to SMJ members. What I don't have sight of is the No. 5 December 1945 piece mentioned at the beginning - if anyone has this it would be good to see it as it perhaps contains information of local interest.

As a general point it is worth seeking out copies of "Railway Locomotives" which give the then current details of the workings of the railway, which are so fascinating to readers today.

As always your comments will oblige.

Robin Cullup

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Robin

Thanks also for posting this, both articles now added to the relevent webpage

Dick

Interesting article. I worked with the author at Alcan Laboratories in the 1970's and 80's - he was always known as Bill Bryant and was a life long railway enthusiast.
After retirement he continued working as a consultant in the Aluminium industry and travelled widely in Europe to see preserved steam locos.
Barry

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