‘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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EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 11 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Mark Reader Jun 11.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue

Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.

Stored coaches 3 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Alan Brant Apr 30.

Way in

Hi thereI hope you are all in good health.A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton.Apparently, these station buildings had no entrance doors and access was only from the platform side.I imagine passengers would come up…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Mar 29.

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An Alphabetical List of SMJ Nicknames

 

 

 

(NB) The names in brackets refer to the person who supplied the info.

 

Banana Line - referring to Towcester - Ravenswood Junction section (Barry Taylor)

Bread and Herring - referring to Towcester - Ravenswood Junction
section (Robin Cullup / Andrew Smith)

Bread and Scrape - referring to Towcester - Ravenstone Junction section (David
Blagrove)

Crab and Winkle - referring to the Towcester to Cockley Brake Junction section and used by Bletchley MPD staff who worked past Cockley Brake en route from Verney Junction  to Banbury. (Dick Bodily)

Dilly Dally - used by Northampton MPD staff (Dick Bodily)

Drum & Monkey - mentioned in a Tom Rolt book (Nigel Furness)

Erratic and Wandering Journey - E and WJR section generally  (Gary)

Fig  and Orange- mentioned in a Tom Rolt book (Nigel Furness)

Linger and Die - used at Roade ( Nigel Furness)

Nibble - used by Woodford Halse MPD staff to refer to the SMJ generally, and also sometimes to the Woodford West Junction. - Woodford 'North Junction' Curve  (Clive
Boardman / Dick Bodily)

Nibble and Clink - referring to the N and B section at Helmdon (Si Donal)

Save Me Jesus - around Blakesley and Towcester (David Guest)

Scratter - referring to Towcester - Ravenswood Junction section (Andrew Smith/ David Blagrove/Nigel Furness)

Slow, Miserable and Jolty - around Towcester (Robert Stephens)

Slow, Miserable and Jolting - around Blakesley (Dick Bodily)

Slow, Moulding and Joulting - around Stratford (Adrian Vaughan / Peter
Lewis)

Slow, Mournful Journey - around Stratford (John Jennings)

Smudge - around Stratford (John Jennings)

Strawberry and Marrow Jam - around Blisworth and Blakesley (Dick Bodily / George Coles)

 

 

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Comment by Dick Bodily on February 10, 2012 at 11:37

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