‘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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NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 18 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Nov 7.

Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Oct 19.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Sep 20.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

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Concrete post near Bridge 14 over the River Tove. This would have held the cast iron Bridge number plate. Now leaning substantially, due to erosion of the embankment at this point. See previous photo of Bridge 12 with the Bridge number plate in LMS days.

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Comment by NIGEL on March 17, 2018 at 13:18

What's left of the mounting holes are on 15.5 inch centres, as shown below.

As it happens, my LMS Bridge plate no. 17 has holes on 15.5 inch centres.

So why did they deem it necessary to have stand alone concrete posts for these bridge plates at this point, i.e. on Bridges 12 & 14 in Towcester? Are there any other bridges on the line that would have had these posts?

Comment by NIGEL on March 17, 2018 at 13:12

Comment by NIGEL on March 11, 2018 at 12:48

The bolt hole of the left hand arm of the concrete post,  is show in the photo below.

Comment by NIGEL on March 11, 2018 at 12:47

Comment by NIGEL on March 10, 2018 at 10:43

Yes Dick, it was. When I get time I will upload a close up photo showing the bolt holes.

Comment by Dick Bodily on March 3, 2018 at 12:03

What's interesting about this apart from the fact that it still stands is that there are no bolt holes apparent in the photo image, was it once wider? 

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