‘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"
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.