‘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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Towcester Railway Junction Print/Engraving.

Tomorrow (17th April 2021) W&H Peacock Auctioneers in Bedford are auctioning two hand tinted engravings entitled "Opening The Towcester Junction Railway" and "Her Majesty's Return - The Weedon Station", and is Lot No 382 in Sale Room No 5…Continue

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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

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Burton Dassett Cableway 1 Reply

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

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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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