‘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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Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a look…Continue

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SMJ photos

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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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