‘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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Hi thereI hope you are all in good health.A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton.Apparently, these station buildings had no entrance doors and access was only from the platform side.I imagine passengers would come up…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville on Sunday.

Byfield station woodwork colour

Hi, as anyone any idea what colour the doors would have been on the station building. I have a vague recollection that they were a maroonish/brownish colour, similar to the signal box.Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive Mar 21.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 2 Replies

   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 Clive Mar 21.

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.

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Comment by Tony Newman on March 15, 2020 at 16:56

Busy scene isn't it? Not by way of people, but 'stuff' - infrastructure.

Comment by Dick Bodily on November 25, 2012 at 14:16

I think Gary's dates for the period when the bridge was demolished are about right. I can remember being taken as a school activity for an art drawing lesson at Towcester station sometime late in 1959 (or very early in 1960 at the latest) and we were warned to take care crossing the line as there was no longer a bridge. The down line had also been removed by then as had the canopy on the main building. I think that the strange (waterproofing!) tar like substance that resembled car underseal had been applied to the upper storey by then as well. Incidentally we were sketching at the station for a couple of hours middayish and there was not a train in sight. When we went back to school we had to compose a railway scene painting using what we had seen, somehow my version of Towcester managed to acquire Stratford upon Avon's GW station's canopy and a King class loco.

Comment by adrian vaughan on November 24, 2012 at 6:49

I have the negative for the Towcester station view above. It is very likely that Roger Carpenter was out with a friend on a whole day of photography at - in the true sense of the word - fabulous places.

Comment by NIGEL on November 23, 2012 at 21:19

Note also; 

As well as the footbridge missing - the station canopy is also.

Groom & Tattersall station works foundry site is right hand side middle of photo.

Comment by adrian vaughan on September 10, 2009 at 17:46
Poor old Towcester on the mysterious S&MJ.
Towcester's atmosphere reminds me of Swindon Town or Marlborough Low Level.
The place was full of ghosts.

Adrian.
Comment by Gary on September 10, 2009 at 17:38
Ah...
It helps to look closer doesn't it? There is no footbridge in this shot!

From what I can tell the footbridge was removed somewhere between July 1958 and early May 1960.
Comment by Gary on September 3, 2009 at 6:47
Right - found the picture - it is in the Middleton Press "Branch Lines Around Towcester" - picture 118. Taken by R S Carpenter it is dated as "around 1958" and is a view from the foot bridge.
Looking at the stock in both shots it is possibly taken the same day.
Comment by Gary on September 2, 2009 at 19:51
I think this photo was taken after the second line through the station was lifted and the loop was still in place. Would explain why the arm is missing from the gantry.
I have seen a picture somewhere this week where that trolley is on the barrow crossing/trolley ramp and not it's shed.
Makes for a good comparison shot with the one I took in Jan 2009.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 2, 2009 at 18:08
Nice detail of the Lucas bridge!
Andy

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