‘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

Burton Dassett Cableway 1 Reply

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Mark Reader on Monday.

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Jan 22.

Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Nicholas Hemming Dec 30, 2020.

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Blisworth Mines

Blisworth Mines were busy right up to their closure. The engines got gradually more and more grubby, but it was a last piece of SMJ action in our area.The mines were operated by Richard Thomas and Baldwins, which became part of British Steel in 1967, Blisworth closed in September 1967 but was worth visiting right up to the end. The end of Blisworth Mines led to the closure of the last part of the SMJ east of Fenny Compton on September 30 1967.Despite visiting it many times, and always getting a warm welcome, I did not take enough pictures - although for safety reasons they were not keen on my visiting the quarry area.(I was 19 at the time).

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Comment by Andy Thompson on November 1, 2010 at 20:11
Can't wait John!!

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Comment by John Evans on November 1, 2010 at 17:33
Hey, it's all still there! Can't wait to load my color pictures I have stored back at home in the UK. We spent too many useless hours at quarries in the Northampton and Wellingborough areas, which totally puzzled my father.
Comment by Andy Thompson on November 1, 2010 at 15:34
Comment by Andy Thompson on November 1, 2010 at 15:34

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