‘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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NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 18 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Nov 7.

Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Oct 19.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Sep 20.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

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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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