‘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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EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 10 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Jim Goodman on Saturday.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue

Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.

Stored coaches 3 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Alan Brant Apr 30.

Way in

Hi thereI hope you are all in good health.A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton.Apparently, these station buildings had no entrance doors and access was only from the platform side.I imagine passengers would come up…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Mar 29.

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A very old lady who lived for many years in Moreton Pinkney has just sent me this photograph of the station in East and West Junction days, possible in the 1890s. The people are on the westbound platform and are formally attired. Maybe they are going to the Mop Fair at Stratford? This picture is not in any of my SMJ books (Dunn, Jordan, Riley and Barry Taylor's excellent new work).

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Comment by John Evans on November 23, 2017 at 17:34

Of course - it's Blakesley that's on the south side of the line. Silly of me, considering I went there several times! Thanks Dick.

Comment by Dick Bodily on November 23, 2017 at 14:42

John,

They are about to board a train heading towards Towcester so it's not for the Mop.  My guess is either a Towcester Races special or more likely (seeing the number of children present) they are going to Blakesley Show which was then a big agricultural and horticultural show with various attractions including a sizable funfair.  It was held on C W Bartholomew's land at Blakesley Hall grounds, Woodend and specials as well as service trains were laid on. Visitors could buy all in entry tickets including a ride to and from the show from the station on CWB's miniature railway. Late night specials were run to take home people who had stopped on for the evening dance at the showground.

Dick

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