‘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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SMJ Forum

2F WDs working to Bristol

In the 1950s/60s we had a regular working of a 2F Woodford Halse WD to Bristol. I was always intrigued by how they got there. Does anybody know if that was via the SMJR please?Continue

Started by Bob Bishop Oct 15.

Talk to Welford Local History Society

I live in Welford on Avon which now incorporates the former Binton Station with its recent housing development.The local history society is currently planning its 2022/23 programme of events and talks and would be keen to include a talk on the…Continue

Started by John Read Oct 8.

Broom Junction station site for sale 2 Replies

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 Oct 4.

Salvaged track bolts 2 Replies

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 Russ Firth Oct 3.

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As some of you may know, myself and fellow modeller George Woodcock are building a representation of Towcester as if it remained open until the late 70's.

Despite only finding one picture of Lucas bridge we found a photo of the Lucas advertisement,which were different on each side of the bridge.

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Thought I had posted picture of the bridge!!
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That is looking really good.
What compression did you use for the layout?
I have looked in the past to make a layout of Towcester but struggled as to where to compress it and not loose the feeling or identifing look of the place.
Thanks Gary, we have omitted several of the sidings in the station yard and "squeezed" the length slightly.
We have also taken some modellers license by adding a small warehouse for Towcester Mill and Steel Fabricators where the turntable used to be.
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Hi John

Your layout looks good. I would still like to come round sometime and have a look.

I will give you a call and arrange something.

Brian

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