‘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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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.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

Tags: of, Honour, Roll, War, SMJR

Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 14 Replies

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

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Nov 22, 2017.

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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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"The area around Hartwell, Stoke Bruerne, Shutlanger, Hanslope, Stoke Goldington, Castlethorpe and Haversham is beset with planning proposals for windfarms and solar energy farms, of which this is the first to get approval.  It's a case of…"
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"Stoke Bruerne station is still there, though a private residence.  A scheme to fit in with the canal museum at SB would have been a good shout.  Also, to fit in with previous suggestion, Towcester to SB?  No chance now, with A43 in…"
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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 details below:Details: Wednesdays 2.30pm to 4.30pm 8 meetings from 24/03/2010Venue: York House Centre, London Rd., Stony Stratford Fee: £54.50This is the Great Central Line, of which some segments still exist, which was the last mainline to London through Northamptonshire andBuckinghamshire. Martin will…See More
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"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…"
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Was lent J M Dunn's book in 1976. I then cycled and walked the whole line in the following two years.
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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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