‘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

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.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 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 Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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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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