‘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' 

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Footage of the SMJR

Hello, I found your forum searching for the SMJR. I've just uploaded a digitised version of old cine film footage of the line to my Youtube channel. I will be selling the original Hillside cine film soon along with a few others I've collected…Continue

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Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

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Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

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Coaching stock that had been stored on the SMJ Olney branch on Bedford - Northampton line at Hardingstone Junction in June 1960

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Comment by Dick Bodily on November 18, 2009 at 16:02
Barry

48751 (Nuneaton) or more likely 48757 ( Rugby) are both candidates if there was a number taking misidentification, bearing in mind how some people write their '7's.

Dick
Comment by Barry Taylor on November 18, 2009 at 13:38
Hi Dick
My understanding is that the train originated at Northampton, rather than from the Midland line. I base this on a memory of the photographer (he's now no longer with us) saying that he had been told of the working and therefore presented himself at H/stone Junction accordingly - he would have got this info from the local grapevine as we knew one or two drivers/firemen at Northampton. 48151 seems to have been at Canklow from at least 1955 though to 1962 - although it would not be unknown for us to get one of theirs occasionally on shed. 48090 was certainly one of ours for a long time The other possibility is that its not 48151 at all - as I have mentioned, the photographer was not the best at keeping accurate records and we have noticed a few other bits of doubtful info in his lists and on the backs of prints.............!
Comment by Dick Bodily on November 18, 2009 at 12:50
barry

Do you know if 48151 actually go from the Bedford line onto the SMJ at Ravenstone to fetch the carriages. I've got it as a Canklow engine in the Summer 1960 locoshed book, but the number's familiar was it a Northampton, Wellingborough or Bletchley loco at some point?

Dick

Dick
Comment by Barry Taylor on November 11, 2009 at 10:02
48090 and 48151 coming off the Bedford line at Hardingstone junction east of Northampton, with a full load of condemned coaches from storage on the SMJ Ravenstone to Roade section. Date ? June 1960

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