‘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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EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 11 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Mark Reader Jun 11.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue

Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.

Stored coaches 3 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 Alan Brant Apr 30.

Way in

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 Mar 29.

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2P 4-4-0 with Inspectors' train at Stoke Bruerne station circa 1950

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Comment by Tony Newman on March 15, 2020 at 16:51

I like that shot - and I like Midland 2Ps - the ones with the 7' driving wheels and narrow chimneys.

Comment by David Ford on July 2, 2010 at 11:09
Jeff Herbert, Watford driver, told me that when he was out firing 672 with the saloon one day on the SMJ she got her chimney knocked off. The P.Way had been doing a bit of packing underneath a bridge and the chimney struck the arch. Has that tale surfaced before ?
Comment by Andy Thompson on October 21, 2009 at 9:49

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Comment by Robin Cullup on October 20, 2009 at 21:51
As already remarked, this is an Inspection Saloon hauled by "2P" 40672. I believe the photograph was taken in June 1950 by C R H Simpson (who also took many photos in the Oxford area). There is another shot of this working at Salcey Forest Station which I will attach to Andy Thompson. Keep the photos coming on this section of line.
Comment by Andy Thompson on October 20, 2009 at 21:13
That sounds about right to me Si! The station looks a bit more over-grown these days, but otherwise, intact
Andy
Comment by Si Donal on October 20, 2009 at 19:54
This is a 2P hauling an inspection coach!

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