‘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.

Scam

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.

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Bridge 149

I was interested to be reminded of Bridge 149 at Towcester. One of the features of the SMJ was the big cast iron diamond shaped warning si…

Started by Peter Fleming

4 Aug 13, 2009
Reply by Peter Fleming

Tale from the old line...

Whilst on a current SMJR interest spleurge I have found the following in one of my books. I am not sure how true it is due to the slight co…

Started by Gary

1 Aug 9, 2009
Reply by Dick Bodily

Towcester Race Specials

I know that the LMS used to run special trains to Towcester ( and also to Warwick) Races from Northampton. The usual formation was a Webb 2…

Started by Dick Bodily

1 Aug 3, 2009
Reply by Barry Taylor

The Triangular Junction at Stratford post 1960

As there have been a number of references to this location I have placed a file on my blog regarding the signaling in the Stratford area be…

Started by John Jennings

1 Aug 1, 2009
Reply by Andy Thompson

Ro Railer (possible update)

Hi everyone I am sure most have you have read my account of the Ro Railer which is on another part of this site. From time to time new tit…

Started by John Jennings

1 Jul 30, 2009
Reply by Andy Thompson

What unusual classes on SMJ metals do you know of ?

I am trying to put together a list of all the locomotive types that have ever been recorded on the SMJR routes. (ie. Cockley Brake Junction…

Started by Dick Bodily

28 Jul 16, 2009
Reply by John Jennings

GW locos working to Blisworth

Just read Dick's note about LNER types working east from Woodford, which reminds me of the few odd occasions when we got a GW 22xx 0-6-0 at…

Started by Barry Taylor

4 Jul 4, 2009
Reply by Dick Bodily

Great central loco & train at Stratford

Some years ago I recall seeing (during an illustrated talk - I cant remember who or when!) a copy of a photo of a GCR Atlantic loco and tra…

Started by Barry Taylor

6 Jun 11, 2009
Reply by Barry Taylor

Woodford Engines working eastwards over the SMJ Route.

I can remember instances in the 60s of light engine working of Woodford WDs, often hauling dead locos, through Blakesley towards Towcester.…

Started by Dick Bodily

0 Jun 11, 2009

Rail tours

The Railway Enthusiasts Club ran a rail tour on April 24, 1955, under the headboard The South Midlander. It came on to the S&MJR at Fen…

Started by Andy Thompson

4 Jun 9, 2009
Reply by Si Donal

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