‘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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2F WDs working to Bristol

In the 1950s/60s we had a regular working of a 2F Woodford Halse WD to Bristol. I was always intrigued by how they got there. Does anybody know if that was via the SMJR please?Continue

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Talk to Welford Local History Society

I live in Welford on Avon which now incorporates the former Binton Station with its recent housing development.The local history society is currently planning its 2022/23 programme of events and talks and would be keen to include a talk on the…Continue

Started by John Read Oct 8.

Broom Junction station site for sale 2 Replies

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

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Salvaged track bolts 2 Replies

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 Russ Firth Oct 3.

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Bryan in the undergrowth on April 5 1966 - it was hard to imagine this being a station.

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Comment by NIGEL on June 6, 2014 at 20:56

Photo taken looking North towards Eastcote very near to underline Bridge 7 at Tiffield. Is there a resemblance to the tree line in the above slide ?

Comment by NIGEL on June 30, 2013 at 21:09

Hi, having walked along this route only a few days ago, having found the 2 & 1/4 mile post, I can let you know that the Eastcote road bridge was underline. The stone bridge supports are still there.

Comment by Andy Thompson on September 30, 2012 at 14:02

What I like from all these late 50,s/mid 60's photos is the shirt and tie, jacket everone wore! Andy

Comment by Jim Goodman on September 25, 2012 at 17:46

Hi John,

Thanks for the info. Looking at my maps the site must have been Eastcote Road in Tiffield. I have looked here before but it was many years ago and I can't remember what my conclusions were.

I might pop down again later this week - I only live 20 miles away.

But before I go I wonder if you can remember if this was a 'road under' bridge?  Also which side of the road was the station, north or south. 

I hope I'm not asking too much of your memory.

Best regards, Jim.

Comment by John Evans on September 25, 2012 at 5:07

I just looked at black and white picture of Tiffield station on this site, which I took a year earlier, and it looks exactly the same place. This was before Victor Hatley's guidance so I think it really is Tiffield!

Comment by John Evans on September 22, 2012 at 17:40

Hi Jim - I've just looked at my notes (I took a clumsy portable tape recorder on this walk and transcribed my notes next day). I had been given information about the site from local historian Victor Hatley to help us identify it and there were two possibilities. My notes say as follows:"After passing the 1 3/4 mile post the line reached Tiffield summit, marked by a gradient post, 1 in 70 down to Blisworth, level to Towcester. After being level for a quarter of a mile, another gradient post pointed 1 in 78 down to Towcester, just past the 2 mile post and the cutting ended to offer a possible site for Tiffield station, with a farm, track coming from the nearby road. This site was dismissed as it was much too far from the village and did not match the location we had been told about. Clear sleeper marks were evident here. Now we reached the 2 1/4 mile post and here the line passed what was clearly the site for Tiffield satation, as it met the criteria we had been told about. There was an SMJ 'Beware' sign, there was good road access, it was near the village and the track bed opened out wide. It exactly met the criteria we had been told about from Victor." I could put all my notes somewhere on this web site if it would help - might take me a while, but they include fairly detailed plans of upstairs and downstairs at Towcester station. According to other writers, Tiffield station was probably little more than a wooden platform. Hope this helps, but I accept it is not conclusive - John

Comment by Jim Goodman on September 21, 2012 at 19:20

John,

Like Andy I've walked round here and never seen any evidence, admittedly much later than when your photos were taken. Do you remember the exact location?

Fantastic set of photos your putting on here, it's very much appreciated.

I do have to say it is all rather poignant though.

Jim.

Comment by Andy Thompson on September 21, 2012 at 17:58

Wow John! Photos of anything to do with Tiffield Station are very rare. I've never seen any and I've been to the line @ Tiffield! Andy

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