‘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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SMJ Forum

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens 1 hour ago.

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 on Wednesday.

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.

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Wappenham

 

 

 

 

Blisworth
Towcester
Wappenham
Helmdon
Banbury


There were two stations on the Towcester/Banbury section, Wappenham was one, over a mile from its village namesake. Wappenham was a simple station with a platform and modest goods facilities. A simple structure, the station building supported two large chimneys, its had no canopy as such just a porch-like out-crop onto the platform. From Wappenham, trains rounded a long curve and faced a long ascent onto Helmdon

Wappenham opened to goods traffic in August 1871 and closed for passengers with the rest of the line in the early 50's.


These shots provide a great 'before and after' combination






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Comment by Dick Bodily on June 14, 2014 at 21:44

A cryptic clue designed to send a radio car to a particular village on Radio Northampton's 'Treasure Quest' today was ' A village with 9 letters; 1871-1951, between T & H'. I was driving at the time so Val phoned in to tell them 'go to Wappenham and that the dates referred to its station opening and closing and the T & H referred to between Towcester and Helmdon stations.' They cut her off the phone after receiving the message, later several others send in similar messages but for some reason they preferred Towcester Tescos, but eventually about half an hour later they decided to go to Wappenham after a whole group of ladies from Tiffield threatened to scream down the phone if they didn't.

Comment by Jane Harries on April 29, 2009 at 20:55
Hello Andy - another request - I'd like to use the text you put above the photo, too. I would credit you and give the site URL and name.

Jane
Comment by Jane Harries on April 29, 2009 at 20:40
Dear Andy

Thanks very much for creating this site and for John Cosford for the current photo. I edit the Wappenham Village Newsletter and would like to use the Station photo for our 'Wappenham Then and Now' section, and also put it into our website's collection of old Wappenham photos. If I find any more old photos of the line (or newer ones of the disused line) I will send them in. Nowadays there is a cattle shed where the railway was - not sure if it was the site of the station building in the picture - it's next to the main road to Towcester.

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