‘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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Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

Station Masters

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsxChris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and…Continue

Started by Graham Ward Feb 7.

Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 4 Replies

A very short clip of a cricket match at Roade. A goods train passes. Could it be on the SMJR?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnPSvt-NEeIContinue

Started by Ron Johnson. Last reply by Chris Hillyard RVM Jan 21.

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Does anyone know where the "mailbag catching apparatus" was installed, before WWII, near Blisworth Station to serve the up and down expresses?  I have accumulated conflicting opinions and can only rule out the station itself with reference to a 200:1 scale pre-war map that we possess at Blisworth. I am left with (a) near the canal bridge, (b) near the road arch and (c) just about halfway between the two.
Regards  Tony Marsh

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Tony
The mail catching apparatus at Blisworth, scaled from a section of linen backed map in my possession is:
Measured to the North from the centre of the A43 bridge. Down line 324 yds. Up line 330 yds. The postmens huts are shown preceding the apparatus by approx 6 yds in each direction. Should you wish to view the drawing/map and scale it yourself, you may.
Dave Chambers


David Chambers said:
Tony
The mail catching apparatus at Blisworth, scaled from a section of linen backed map in my possession is:
Measured to the North from the centre of the A43 bridge. Down line 324 yds. Up line 330 yds. The postmens huts are shown preceding the apparatus by approx 6 yds in each direction. Should you wish to view the drawing/map and scale it yourself, you may.

Thank you David - I would like a photo of the track, map markings and huts area. Quite happy to journey to you to do this given you are not to far from Blisworth where I live. I have a weather-permitting break starting Thursday so either could do this very soon or early in new year - what do you think? My phone is 01604 879199. Regards Tony

Dave Chambers

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