‘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.

Need Site Help?

Fenny Compton SMJ box seems like an LNWR production. Inside the frame appears to be Midland - but it could be a wartime REC product. A couple of LNWR Webb-Thompson staff instruments complete the very happy scene. I have no put onto your site all I have on the SMJ and related places.

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Comment by adrian vaughan on September 21, 2009 at 18:52
Helo Andy,

I haven't seen Andy Jordan's book but those are Webb-Thompson (LNWR) Electric Train Staff dispencing machines and will be very old. AS old as the box, I suppose. They were patented around 1893. They might have replaced some other system - Tyers tablet, say - but they are old. Webb was Locomotive Engineer of LNWR and Thompson was the Telegraph Engineer.

I wish I had some more pix.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 21, 2009 at 18:23
Save me a place! I noticed the token machines at the back of the box (as described in Arthur Jordons book) the same??

Andy
Comment by adrian vaughan on September 21, 2009 at 16:42
Hello Gary,

I wonder if you read the 'Observer' newspaper. Y'day it had a photo - computer generated by NASA (or something like that) - showing Planet Earth from space surrounded by every bit of cast-off space scrap, thousands and thousands of bits of debris. It made a truly awful sight. More junk is being sent up by the EU - a satelite that will be a better Sat Nav device. I mention this to show how far the Western world at least has degenerated since 1946 - when I first started to ask to be allowed up on steam engines. People can't even read their own map and find their way about using their own brain - go and buy some silly little gizmo with a stupid voice telling them what to do. The coal fired BR was the most wonderful place this world will ever see. And the people who operated it. I think heritage railways do a good job of giving people a chance to live like we used to but it will never be like BR in 1955.

Hey ho! I'm so glad the pictures are pleasant for you. Now - as you said earlier - 'Oh for a Time Machine'. 1955 here I come.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 21, 2009 at 13:49
What an amazing shot! History - I heard said that the one they built to replace this one has been demolished (last year?)
Andy

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