‘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

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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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Sourced ages ago from an Auction catalogue, this is beleived to be a carriage print of an E&WJ or SMJ 2-4-0 and train leaving Stratford in the Blisworth direction. It's interesting because of the colour!

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Comment by ray hughes on October 18, 2014 at 18:24

I am lucky to own a framed picture of this image which was originally fixed in one of the smj carriages

Comment by Andy Thompson on May 21, 2011 at 12:00
Thanks for the info David. Andy
Comment by David Ford on May 20, 2011 at 10:22
One of the series of paintings commissioned by the L.M.R. (per George Dow ?) from Cuthbert Hamilton Ellis, prints of which were placed either side of the mirror in compartment stock. This one was titled 'Travel in 1895' and is, or was until recently, available as a repro. from the Friends of the National Railway Museum if anyone wants to acquire one.

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