‘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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Aircraft crash 8 Replies

HelloI’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged until it was hit by a…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville 23 hours ago.

Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign 2 Replies

To read the article about the Towcester Running in sign being unveiled follow link below…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily Dec 21, 2019.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 1 Reply

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Steve Johns Oct 16, 2019.

Towcester station sign unvieling 1 Reply

The unveiling of the Towcester Station Sign!To all our Towcester area members. Can anyone make the following event in Towcester tomorrow representing the society?Quote:"We have decided to do the unveiling ceremony at 4pm tomorrow, Fri 11 Oct, at…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by Dick Bodily Oct 10, 2019.

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East & West Junc Rly Avon Bridge looking upstream towards Lucy's Mill

A view not often seen of the Avon bridge with Lucy's Mill in the background. The millrace tunnels which are still in place can be seen but today the mill is converted into luxury apartments. The footbridge on the upstream side can just be seen below the arches. The willows that often obscure this view have been pollarded and from evidence on the back of the photo the date is early in the 20th century possibley just in the last years of the E & W J Rly. This then is the bridge in its original form before the strengthening plates were installed (by the LMS) and further strengthening was carried out by BR in the late 1950's. Today the bridge carries heavy road traffic and is a tribute to the original promoters and builders of the East & West Junc Rly. For a view from the other side and comments please refer to my posting "The Avon Bridge" dated 2/2/2012.

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