‘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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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

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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

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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

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Brick foundations uncovered on the south side of the S.M.J.R. line. Note the 2 metal rods protruding from the brickwork. This bridge crossed the S.M.J.R.line at an angle, which can be traced in the brickwork left on both sides of the cutting.

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Comment by NIGEL on February 23, 2013 at 16:07

NOTE; This photo is different to the previous one. There appears to be the foundations of  3 walls, 2 outer and one middle. Was bridge 2 a wooden construction on brick foundations ?

Comment by Dick Bodily on February 21, 2013 at 15:10

On the edge of the field south of the tramway bridge E&WJR No 2 next to where the tramway would have run southwards and within a few yards of where the bridge was we found evidence of building rubble roughly where according to Tonks there was a narrow gauge engine shed. It would have been just a few yards away from the bridge foundations in your picture.

Comment by NIGEL on February 20, 2013 at 21:18


Is the evidence of the engine shed near to the P/W hut ? Have visited this part of the line from Blisworth to Gayton now on two occasions, and it seems that there was a lot going on in this area over the years.

Comment by Dick Bodily on February 20, 2013 at 20:31


Liked these pictures of what's left of Bridge 2. When Andy and I visited this site we found some evidence of where the engine shed stood in the field nearby. Did you get to see Bridge 1a's remains down in the stream bed (it's a few hundred yards nearer Blisworth but before the paintball cowboy town thing)? If not, when you go back it's worth having a look for it as it's a bit of a puzzle exactly how it was used and is certainly worth having a look for it. I'd like to know what you or anyone else makes of it.


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