‘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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The Campion Family: SMJ employees 4 Replies

I would be grateful if anyone can let me know if there are any registers, documents or other employee information that exists where I might be able to find out more about the following members of my family:1. Henry Campion   1830-1910  Lived in…Continue

Started by David Campion. Last reply by David Campion Jun 28.

lManning Wardle lcomotive MOROUS

Read in recent  HERITAGE RAILWAY magazine that an original nameplate from this 1860's  loco has been donated to the Colonel Stephens Museum.   Interesting as apparently it started life as a contracter's loco building the E  and WJR  and then ran for…Continue

Started by ray w Jun 21.

Walking the SMJ 4 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 27.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

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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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