‘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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Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign

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Started by Dick Bodily yesterday.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 1 Reply

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Steve Johns on Wednesday.

Towcester station sign unvieling 1 Reply

The unveiling of the Towcester Station Sign!To all our Towcester area members. Can anyone make the following event in Towcester tomorrow representing the society?Quote:"We have decided to do the unveiling ceremony at 4pm tomorrow, Fri 11 Oct, at…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by Dick Bodily Oct 10.

Aircraft crash 2 Replies

HelloI’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged until it was hit by a…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Oct 8.

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This is a model layout of the Towcester station site of around 1940. The model of Towcester station was built by Iain Rice in the late 60s/early 70s, for Charles Simpson. It featured in an issue of Model Railways, about 1974, an article which included a number of errors - such as the N&BJR going to Bicester!



 

It languishes in a store room in a Birmingham museum.


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Comment by David Blagrove on January 22, 2010 at 12:01
Hopefully the model will reappear at Towcester when the intended Towcester Museum opens. I alerted the Chairman of the Towcester Museum Society to its existence some years ago and, through the good offices of a friend who was one of the Birmingham Museum curators (now retired) managed to put them in touch. The said friend is now an honorary Curator at the Stoke Bruerne Museum and is well aware of the importance of this model. I have not heard much from the Towcester Museum Society recently, since Mrs Baker, who was a keen member and leading-light sadly died last year. however I am assured that the matter of the model has not been forgotten and is on-going.

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