‘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 Feb 16.

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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Comment by Andy Thompson on April 10, 2010 at 16:00
I know what you mean! Still its been there this long... (anyway, they way a ton!)
Comment by Duncan Chandler on April 8, 2010 at 16:31
There are of course some other bridges that show where the signs were as the rails are still there such as the station bridge in Kineton. Lets hope its there for many years to come. Andy you are right of course that if someone wants the sign they will take it no matter what, although somehow it would take something away from the village as it always felt like i'd got home when i drove past the sign.
Comment by Gary on April 7, 2010 at 22:19
I have to agree - I was wary of mentioning it but I am sure people know about it.
Comment by Andy Thompson on April 7, 2010 at 13:00
Its a good point Duncan but if someone wanted to have it, no amount of fixings would keep it safe.. Andy
Comment by Duncan Chandler on April 7, 2010 at 10:51
This sign is still looked after, I just hope that now it is publicised no one thinks they can help themselves as it must be the last on the line.

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