‘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

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 12 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Ian Merivale on Monday.

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens Sep 14.

Bidford-on-Avon station photos 2 Replies

Hello folks - I'm interested in sourcing any historical photos of Bidford-on-Avon station and wondering if anyone here could help point me in the right direction? (There are a few on…Continue

Started by Greg Wye. Last reply by Greg Wye Aug 30.

Stored coaches 4 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Ian Mathews Aug 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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