‘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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Interesting Ebay item 1 Reply

Thanks to Gary for the heads up!https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254054775180AndyContinue

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Fenny Compton Goods shed 1 Reply

HelloSome time ago I posted a question concerning the goods shed at Fenny Compton as indicated in the book Track Layout diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 Stratford-Upon-Avon & Midland Jcn. Rly. by R.A. Cooke ;…Continue

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E&W JR first train 1 Reply

HelloDoes someone have a copy of the picture of the first train running on the East and West Junction Railway as stated in J Dunn’s book The Stratford & Midland Junction Railway on page 43Best regardsJackContinue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Jan 7.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 14 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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An original bridge plate from an underbridge to the west of BYFIELD station. These attractive little plates are comparatively scarce. I have only seen no 47 and 31 over the years although there may be others

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Comment by ray w on July 7, 2018 at 18:25

Many thanks Nigel for identifying exact location of no 48 bridge plate. These plates are unique to the smjr and are quite light for cast iron, possibly why many were later replaced by the lms or br type.  

Comment by NIGEL on July 7, 2018 at 12:23

This number refers to the Parsons Spinney Bridge on the Fenny Compton to Byfield section. An underline bridge of the 'occupation' type. No company markings on this type, but see Knightcote Road bridge no.64 plate - oval and has the distance in miles and chains from Blisworth Station.

Comment by Dick Bodily on July 4, 2018 at 10:20

This is interesting Ray, having seen your pic I remember seeing at least one of these somewhere on the SMJ, probably near Towcester or Blakesley back in the 50s or 60s and had completely forgotten about this type since. Children at TGS were sent on cross country runs which took in part of the N&BR closed line and we used to take a short cut along the still used Greens Norton Junc to Towcester section of the E&WR. We village kids used to wander along the track from Blakesley to take a short cut to Plumpton Wood or to walk towards Greens Norton especially if the Hunt were about. So it could have been somewhere thereabouts. The oval LMS replacements were much commoner, I have LMS 22.

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