‘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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Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign

To read the article about the Towcester Running in sign being unveiled follow link below…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Oct 18.

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.

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.

Aircraft crash 2 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 Oct 8.

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Six Counties Railtour at Kineton from new book

Late snow is still lying on Sunday 7 March 1965 as two ex Southern Railway locomotives, Richard Maunsell designed U class 2-6-0 31639 leading Oliver Bulleid Q1 class 0-6-0 33006, running along the Stratford upon Avon and Midland Junction line on the Home Counties Railway Society “Six Counties Railtour” are seen from the B4451 Kineton to Southam road bridge. The tour ran from Paddington to Fenny Compton, then along the SMJ to Stratford-upon-Avon and on to Wellingborough via Leamington Spa, Rugby and Northampton. It returned to Paddington via Bedford, Bletchley, Bicester and Oxford. From the new book "Way Down South: Southern Steam in the Sixties”. Terence Dorrity. Published by Irwell Press. https://www.irwellpress.com/acatalog/SOUTHERN_RAILWAY.html

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