‘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' 

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Salvaged track bolts

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin yesterday.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens on Thursday.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

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Comment by Mark Reader on March 29, 2018 at 16:30

Thanks Simon. Although not specifically listed in the owner's archive as the railway bridge, because his collection was all of railway memorabilia, his family thought it was the SMJ bridge. However, although not familiar with the area, I was pretty sure that it wasn't. Having just looked at the 1951 OS map and Google street view, I agree with you that key buildings match (including the now demolished Corn Mill on the left of the picture. So, although the caption 'Broom' is correct, the picture is actually of the road bridge at the end of the High Street.

Comment by Simon Stevens on March 28, 2018 at 20:56

Could be Broom, but the road bridge at the West end of the high street; the terrace of houses at the top right are a good match for those there today.  It's definitely not the SMJ bridge.

Comment by Mark Reader on March 27, 2018 at 12:20

We've recently been givin this photo which was purchased from The Birmingham Post in 1964. The receipt describes it in ink as 'Bridge Demolition, but a penciled addition says 'at Broom - taken 9-6-64'. However, the houses don't seem to match the OS maps of either then or now. Is this the SMJ bridge at Broom? And, if not, any ideas where it might be?

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