‘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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Concrete sleepers 2 Replies

I've been looking at the trackwork at Byfield station and it looks like concrete sleepers (late 50's). Would this be correct? If so, would the points still be wooden sleepers?Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Clive Aug 1.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 11 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 Mark Reader Jun 11.

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.

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WEA course at Stony Stratford - 'The last railway line through Buckinghamshire'

I have just signed up for the above course, which is concerned with the GCR.  I wondered if anyone might be interested.  There are still quite a few places available.  I have cut and pasted the…Continue

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Donald Cook replied to Dick Bodily's discussion 'Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign'
"G'day Dick,trust all is well with you. Is there a photo of this sign on the site?  If it's looking a bit worse for wear it could be a candidate for 'The Repair Shop' on the tele."
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Site of Salcey Forest station looking west

"Salcey Forest station was nearer to what is now the B526, previously the A50.  If the photo was looking east instead of west then it could be the bridge under that road to the south of Horton."
Dec 15, 2019

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At 20:25 on December 17, 2019, Dick Bodily said…

Good to see you contributing to the website today

all the best

Dick Bodily

At 15:07 on October 11, 2009, Dick Bodily said…


Don

Wonder how many of these old faces you recognise, picture taken a couple of years ago. The other 3 all live in Wales nowadays. I live in MK with my second wife, Val, I've got a couple of grown up and married children and 2 grandchildren. I haven't made a special effort to contact anyone from the Park, I worked in Bedfordshire with the other 3 for many years and I'm also still in touch with Blakey as well. what have you been up ti since I last saw you.

all the best

Dick
At 19:26 on October 6, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Hi Donald! Welcome aboard. Dick's told me the story, we hope you enjoy the site

Andy
At 16:53 on October 6, 2009, Peter S Lewis said…
Hello Donald..
Welcome to the SMJ site!
Actually, this site is Andy's creation and idea...I suggested Steamtube etc (why not join them, too!!)..and Andy put it all together!!
I shall look forward to your contributions.

Peter S. Lewis
At 14:06 on October 6, 2009, Dick Bodily said…
Donald

Good to hear from you too. I still do a bit of supply around MK but am otherwise retired too. Some old Blakesley yarns you mentioned are on the Blakesley page of this website. I've put in a friend request to you so that if you wanted to send non - SMJ messages about Newlands, etc. you can do it without it going on the website latest news on the home page. I'm still in touch with a few people from The Park and went to stay with Taff Jones recently. Andy Thompson (also known on the website as TFC) runs this website with Peter Lewis, they will probably both send out invitations to become friends as well, as they usually do to all members.

Dick
 
 
 

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