‘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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EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 7 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Steve Johns May 21.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue

Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.

Stored coaches 3 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Alan Brant Apr 30.

Way in

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 Mar 29.

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Comment by Tim Roy on August 30, 2016 at 10:31

Hi Dick,

The date on the back of this photograph is 1961. My Father's photographs of the SMJ at Roade were taken on August Bank Holiday, so it is possible that the ones of Towcester were taken on the same day.

Regards, Tim

Comment by Dick Bodily on August 29, 2016 at 17:47

This is late 50s, early 60s as the footbridge has gone as has the down line through the station and the station house has received its coating of black pitch like substance upstairs.  Presumably as well as controlling the long siding that occupied the Banbury line's formation almost as far as the site of Green Norton junction it would have also allowed pick up goods to use it as a headshunt, heading forward over the Lucas Bridge before reversing wagons into the goods siding and shed. Certainly locos on such workings gingerly pulled forward over the bridge in order to do this as the long siding towards Norton was always full of condemned or stored coaches waiting to go to Wolverton or some scrapyard. I once saw an unidentified Jubilee on this siding reversing wagons into the good siding.

Comment by Paul Parsons on August 27, 2016 at 16:53

Fascinating shot. The former starting signal to Banbury on the bracket has been replaced by a subsidiary arm which implies that a portion of that line was retained as a siding after the route closed.

Comment by John Evans on August 27, 2016 at 8:05

Wonderful general view of Towcester in its last active days.

Comment by Andy Thompson on August 26, 2016 at 15:02

What a great station shot, including the Lucas bridge. Andy

Comment by Peter S Lewis on August 26, 2016 at 12:11

Great group of photos!

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