‘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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Towcester Railway Junction Print/Engraving.

Tomorrow (17th April 2021) W&H Peacock Auctioneers in Bedford are auctioning two hand tinted engravings entitled "Opening The Towcester Junction Railway" and "Her Majesty's Return - The Weedon Station", and is Lot No 382 in Sale Room No 5…Continue

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Michael Mccarthy 3 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Paul Dowding Mar 13.

Burton Dassett Cableway 1 Reply

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Mark Reader Feb 22.

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Jan 22.

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It was being lived in a by a railwayman at the time, but needed quite a lot of work. He let us wander round on one occasion. Some of the slates on the roof used for repairs came from Salcey Forest when it was demolished.April 5 1966.

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Comment by Tony Newman on March 15, 2020 at 14:30

Gosh, this is so encouragingly well preserved and complete - so ripe for demolition and 'redevelopment'. They built them to last back then, didn't they? To me it is part and parcel of education (one of the most important activities any nation can concern itself with surely) that a government should take a keen interest in all aspects of heritage deserving of restoration and preservation - and conducive to it, not slink away and leave it to the goodwill of heritage enthusiasts. Industry may be thin on the ground now, but it and the railways were once the cornerstone of the nation's life and well-being. Forget funding that fine statue of some rich, loved and hated, probably dead, not-altogether-honest politician, get some new windows, roof and doors in this place - whoever it actually belongs to. Few castles and stately homes are still in possession of the original owner, such national treasures get passed on down the generations. Isn't it great that when the call goes out for funding for a heritage project, say, to restore an ailing Flying Scotsman to perfect health, individual donations and National Heritage lottery fund supporters poured more than four million into the project? Kudos to every one of them. Just one opinion, of course.           

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