‘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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Would the GCR have gone via Towcester? 11 Replies

Looking through Mac Hawkins book on the GCR then and now, he mentions that the GCR were thinking of running a line connecting Brackley to Northampton and had provisionally made a mound ready for a platform to be later constructed but they dropped…Continue

Started by Gary. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson 1 hour ago.

Byfield station woodwork colour 1 Reply

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. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson 1 hour ago.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 12 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 Andrew Emmerson 2 hours ago.

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

Started by Colin Franklin 18 hours ago.

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Stoke Bruerne - Very tenuous link with SMJ.

Here's some canal serving tramway rails, one from Blisworth, that are in Stoke's Canal Museum, the museum that David is Chairman of. The nearby Blisworth Grand Union Canal tunnel goes under the Olney - Towcester SMJ line route. Its possible to take a short boat trip from the museum just into the tunnel to a point just short of where the SMJ passed overhead! All very tenuous, but links none the less. Stoke is a nice place to visit, especially when their canal gala is on
(around 11th June in 2010 I think) and many restored traditional working boats visit. I know many rail enthusiasts take perhaps a passing interest in canals. I can also thoroughly recommend the larger museum at Ellesmere Port to anyone remotely interested in canals.

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Comment by Andy Thompson on November 13, 2009 at 7:36
I real would like to make a full hook with David Blagrove and his canal association - it would be a good move - thoughts?


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