‘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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Hi thereI hope you are all in good health.A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton.Apparently, these station buildings had no entrance doors and access was only from the platform side.I imagine passengers would come up…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville on Sunday.

Byfield station woodwork colour

Hi, as anyone any idea what colour the doors would have been on the station building. I have a vague recollection that they were a maroonish/brownish colour, similar to the signal box.Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive Mar 21.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 2 Replies

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Clive Mar 21.

Aircraft crash 8 Replies

HelloI’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged until it was hit by a…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Feb 16.

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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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