‘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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NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 18 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Nov 7.

Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Oct 19.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

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. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

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

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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

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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

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Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main contributors to Old Glory magazine and has produced photo album books on traction engines, steam trains, commercial vehicles and narrow boat as Malcolm was interested in most aspects of vintage transport. He will be greatly missed by his friends and fellow…See More
Oct 19
Dick Bodily replied to John Godwin's discussion 'Salvaged track bolts'
"Bridge Number 14 There's a list of bridge nos if you click on INDEX link at the top left of the webpage, then scroll down to find it. Most bridges had an oval LMS white plate with black number. Some road bridges still have their number paint…"
Sep 28
Mark Reader commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Hi Dick Two further items for you to add to your excellent list. B & R Video's Vol 193 “Along Southern Lines" (part 9) – short clip of a double header Southern Railtour seen at Kineton (unusual in that its a Q1 heading a…"
Aug 10
Dick Bodily commented on ray w's photo
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"This is interesting Ray, having seen your pic I remember seeing at least one of these somewhere on the SMJ, probably near Towcester or Blakesley back in the 50s or 60s and had completely forgotten about this type since. Children at TGS…"
Jul 4
Dick Bodily commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Up dated 4/7/18  Dick Bodily"
Jul 4
Colin Franklin commented on Dick Bodily's page Locomotive types seen on SMJR rails
"I have just come into possession of a black and white photograph of "Rothervale No 0". This was originally the first new locomotive that was purchased by the East & West Junction Railway in 1879. The photograph shows the loco in its…"
Jun 8
An album by Dick Bodily was featured

The SMJ Remembered

A selection of various photographers' pictures of locomotives and trains when the SMJ was very much a working railway.
Apr 27
Dick Bodily commented on Mike Hemmings's photo
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"I've added this image to the SMJ model railway layouts page of this website.  Click on index to find the page or follow this link:- http://thesmjr.ning.com/page/s-mjr-model-railway-layouts?xg_source=activity%20target= Dick Bodily"
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Martin Taylor Coupe left a comment for Dick Bodily
"Hello Dick - Yes, I remember our Warley chat, and I've also enjoyed your article in a recent magazine. I'm sure I'll find SMJ Soc. membership most rewarding. Martin"
Mar 19
Mark Reader commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Hi Dick Another one for your list: I've just purchased a copy of B & R Video's Vol 205 of the Ultimate Archive Steam Series – The Jim Clemens Collection No 32 - “London Midland Steam Miscellany No3”. The DVD includes…"
Mar 19
Dick Bodily left a comment for Martin Taylor Coupe
"Hello Martin, I remember chatting to you at Warley a few years back. You might find one or two familiar names amongst the members of this website. Hopefully you will be able to add a few comments to various discussions on the site.…"
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Dick Bodily commented on NIGEL's photo
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"What's interesting about this apart from the fact that it still stands is that there are no bolt holes apparent in the photo image, was it once wider? "
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Dick Bodily
"Dick... I guess for some people its all relative!!!! Peter"
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Dick Bodily left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"Peter, Thriving it never was, just keeping its head above water most of the time would be about right!"
Feb 20
Mark Reader commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Hi Dick. I recently came across a 2011 post by Si Donal showing S scale drawings of two SMJ wagons "found in a 1961 model railway magazine". I could find no reference to this in the publications list, so I thought that I'd have a…"
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At 14:31 on March 19, 2018, Martin Taylor Coupe said…

Hello Dick - Yes, I remember our Warley chat, and I've also enjoyed your article in a recent magazine. I'm sure I'll find SMJ Soc. membership most rewarding. Martin

At 22:16 on February 20, 2018, Peter S Lewis said…

Dick... I guess for some people its all relative!!!!

Peter

At 19:11 on December 18, 2016, NIGEL said…

Further history on 0-6-0 La Savoie. In 1841 Joseph Locke, engineer of the Paris & Rouen Railway, asked Brassey & Mackenzie contractors, in conjunction with William Allcard, contractor for the Permanent Way on the Grand Junction Railway and William Buddicom, engineer, to jointly supply the plant at the Chartreux Works. Hence the company of Allcard & Buddicom was formed specifically to supply locomotives, carriages & wagons to the Compagnie de Chemins de Fer de Rouen. This contract was for 40 locos, 120 2nd class carriages & 200 wagons. The first locos were built in October 1842, to an "Allen Crewe" design manufactured under license. In 1845 the company moved to better premises in Sotteville near Rouen. The 2 French tender engines 2-4-0 and 0-6-0 were purchased from Le Chemin de Fer de Rhone et Loire in 1858 by Thomas Brassey for a contract in Savoy, namely the Mont Ceris Tunnel Railway, which opened in October 1871. Savoy is part of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alps region following its annexation to France in June 1860. The test train took a party of 54 including Buddicom, Crampton & Brassey as Director. Both French engines were probably hired to the E & WJR in 1874 from Thomas Brassey.

Thomas Crampton, an English engineer, was the contractor who built the line for the E & WJR and was later a director of that company.

William Buddicom, an English engineer, who built some of the first locomotives in France.

Thomas Brassey, an English civil engineering contractor, had by 1870 built 75% of French Railways, 33% of British Railways, and 1 in 20 miles of railways in the world.

Two questions come to mind. When was La Savoie actually named and where was she built? We know La Savioe was built in one of two places, but was she named in honour of Savoy being annexed to France?

At 13:03 on October 9, 2015, Murray Wilson said…

Dick

I have seven photos of the magazine's pages relating to Blakesley Hall Railway waiting to be sent to you. I do not know how to send attachments via this site so please let me know your email address. Have you tried toysteam31@gmail.com for me?

Murray

At 16:24 on October 7, 2015, Murray Wilson said…

Dick

I am not good at navigating around sites such as this. I have an email with first effort copies of an article I wish to send to you, I know you have been unable to reach me through my usual email address so please try toysteam31@gmail.com

Murray

At 11:36 on June 16, 2015, Robin Cullup said…

47203%20%40%20Swithland%20on%20passenger%2013.6.15.jpgFurther to Dick's comments re the Woodford Halse event at the GC last weekend, I attach a couple of photographs - one of 43106 - a Woodford resident for some in the late'50s/early 60s. This loco moved on to various other sheds including a short stint at Kettering in 1963.

The other is of 47406 renumbered as 47203 going well on a passenger duty at Swithland. 47203 was at L'ster GC as yard shunter in 1958/59,

replacing J52 68839.

Robin

At 19:52 on February 18, 2015, Nick Meredith said…
Dick,

Yes Mark Reader is one if our group. He recently joined us when we discovered he had been planning a layout, also in N gauge based on Kineton for done time. His plans are earlier period than ours so there may well be compromise.

I'll pass on your message when I see him tomorrow evening.

Nick
At 9:04 on July 1, 2013, Ian Costello said…

Dick

please feel free to don't know if you are aware but Rubio is buried at Sholebrook Lodge' Whittlebury

Regards Ian

At 23:45 on June 15, 2012, Peter William Reynolds said…

Many thanks for the welcome Dick. I am one of Frank's nephews, known as William, or Bill, and son of Jim who was the eldest of the Reynolds boys. There were actually five of them, Jim, Frank, Reg, Ron and Cliff. My father was a policeman and I grew up in Northampton and  have many fond memories of Blakesly.

At 22:05 on February 25, 2012, Paul Stratford said…

Dick

Yes I am that photographer, the SMJ has fond memories for me and was the catalyst for my intersest in railways. It is hard to believe and I still cannot believe it myself that some fifty years on as a trainee fireman on the GWSR that I fired a 9F between Toddington and Winchcombe hauling a goods train which is where the goods ran after closure of the Stratford  to Broom section in 1960.

Paul

 
 
 

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