‘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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Towcester Railway Junction Print/Engraving.

Tomorrow (17th April 2021) W&H Peacock Auctioneers in Bedford are auctioning two hand tinted engravings entitled "Opening The Towcester Junction Railway" and "Her Majesty's Return - The Weedon Station", and is Lot No 382 in Sale Room No 5…Continue

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Michael Mccarthy 3 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 Paul Dowding Mar 13.

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 Feb 22.

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.

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Steam collection at Binton

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Comment by Stuart John Dodd on January 29, 2018 at 7:07

This may work better 

https://www.google.fr/maps/@52.1882493,-1.8649743,17.46z

By the side of the B49 

Comment by Stuart John Dodd on January 29, 2018 at 6:54

Some of the ploughing engines survive,

https://www.google.fr/maps/@52.1878642,-1.8645735,3a,60y,12.11h,90t...!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s4OuJRLgUSVsK5pOe0Tipow!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Comment by Dick Bodily on August 31, 2017 at 14:25

It must have been taken pre 1960 south link put in at Stratford. 48204 would have either have been allocated to Toton (18A) or Westhouses (18B) then, looks like the latter as far as I can make out. Either would not have been that usual I would have thought at Binton, looks like iron ore wagons, possibly from the Oxfordshire Iron Ore workings joining the SMJ at Fenny Compton. Also looks as if the crane is either installing or lifting a diesel engine to (or from) the Fowler ploughing engine. The engines belonged to Bomford & Carr who did a lot of dredging with ploughing engines.

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