‘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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Burton Dassett Cableway

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward 6 hours ago.

Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Nicholas Hemming Dec 30, 2020.


Like others I have received the same scam message, my strong advice is delete it immediately and clear it from your 'recycled bin'. It will either directly contain a virus or a link that tries to get your money one way or another.Dave HaywardContinue

Started by Dave Hayward Dec 24, 2020.

SMJ photos

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Dear All,

I have just posted the last of my late Father's SMJ photos on the site. 

I have included a photo of an LNWR chair at Roade in the "Towcester to Olney, summer 1961" album.

I have included 2 photos of No.1000 arriving at Blisworth and a photo at Fenny Compton in the "27/5/61 railtour Midland Compound 1000" album.

I have posted a photo of the remains of Wappenham Station in the "Northampton & Banbury Junction Railway" album.

I have put 14 photos in the "Towcester Station c.1966" album.

Roger Coleman and Joe Rajczonek kindly included several of my Father's photos in their books titled "Steaming into Northamptonshire" and "Railway images around Northamptonshire". If you have one of these titles, my Father's name was L W Roy (Leslie).

With regards,


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Many thanks for posting these and the previous pictures. Some interesting angles of Towcester station from the approach side, although rather sad to see the dilapidation. But still, great to see new photos!


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