‘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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u-tube videos that might be of interest

This shows a local historian exploring Byfield, about 25 - 30 mins into it he looks at the site of Byfield stationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUkTcCWk4YkThis shows steam on the Paddington…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Saturday.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 24 Replies

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

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Dec 1.

John Jennings

Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a look…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson Nov 28.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 12 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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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Jim Brown Nov 23.

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Comment by Jim Goodman on October 12, 2018 at 22:18

I've been through all my books on the SMJ and according to Barry Taylor's book it's called Towcester East Junction. The only other reference I could find is in the "Track Layout Diagrams of the GWR and BR (W.R.) Section 29 the SMJR" where it's called Olney Branch Junction.

So take your pick - I'll go with Barry's Towcester East Junction.

Jim.

Comment by NIGEL on October 12, 2018 at 18:02

Just been looking at some old maps it would appear that this junction was never actually named.

Comment by NIGEL on October 12, 2018 at 17:46

Hardly.....it's the junction with the Ravenstone Wood line north of Towcester.

Comment by Simon Stevens on October 12, 2018 at 8:29

I think you mean Greens Norton Junction

Comment by NIGEL on October 10, 2018 at 17:54

A huge warehouse is being built on the Ravenstone Wood Junction site in Towcester.

The old Tiffield Road is on the right hand side with Bridge 149 in the distance.

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