‘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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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

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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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HelloI purchased the book « Track Layout Diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 » « Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Jcn Rly » by R.A.Cooke ISBN 10 :1 871674 20 4N page 29/9 on the 1903 track plan it shows a goods shed at…Continue

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BLISWORTH IN THE 1940s

An irregular publication is the magazine "British Railway Journal". (Cygnet Magazines Ltd)Edition number 79 has just come out (April 2018)  (£10.95) and a most interesting article by Chris Turner, complete with period photographs for all those interested in Blisworth.See More
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GRAHAM CAMPION replied to Andy Thompson's discussion 'SMJ150. 150 years since the railway arrived at Towcester'
"I would point out that at the time of opening in 1866 it was the Northampton & Banbury Junction Railway operating the line, the SMJ being a result of amalgamation and not coming into use until around 1910. Therefore, may I suggest dropping the…"
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GRAHAM CAMPION replied to Andy Thompson's discussion 'SMJ150. 150 years since the railway arrived at Towcester'
"I don't have any contacts at the brewery, but with Tiffield being SMJ land, thought they might see the commercial opportunities.  Also The Walnut Tree at Blisworth has just been made Pub of the Month by the local CAMRA branch. So maybe if…"
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GRAHAM CAMPION replied to Andy Thompson's discussion 'SMJ150. 150 years since the railway arrived at Towcester'
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GRAHAM CAMPION replied to Andy Thompson's discussion 'SMJ150. 150 years since the railway arrived at Towcester'
"Andy, It was myself who posted the item on March 4th.  Certainly think such an important anniversary needs to be promoted, and a logo is a good place to start. My idea - get Great Oakley Brewery at Tiffield or another local…"
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Upcoming 150 Year Anniversary of opening of Blisworth-Towcester line.

Bit of advance notice, but on April 30th 2016, it will be 150 years since the opening of Blisworth - Towcester line.Surely worth a celebration of some sort / get together at the Blisworth/Towcester end?Graham CampionSee More
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GRAHAM CAMPION commented on GRAHAM CAMPION's blog post 'Upcoming 150 Year Anniversary of opening of Blisworth-Towcester line.'
"The Walnut Tree Inn - website says it is open from 10.00hrs daily. Maybe a member living locally could call in and broach the idea?"
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Upcoming 150 Year Anniversary of opening of Blisworth-Towcester line.

Bit of advance notice, but on April 30th 2016, it will be 150 years since the opening of Blisworth - Towcester line.Surely worth a celebration of some sort / get together at the Blisworth/Towcester end?Graham CampionSee More
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An irregular publication is the magazine "British Railway Journal". (Cygnet Magazines Ltd)

Edition number 79 has just come out (April 2018)  (£10.95) and a most interesting article by Chris Turner, complete with period photographs for all those interested in Blisworth.

Upcoming 150 Year Anniversary of opening of Blisworth-Towcester line.

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 20:21 5 Comments

Bit of advance notice, but on April 30th 2016, it will be 150 years since the opening of Blisworth - Towcester line.

Surely worth a celebration of some sort / get together at the Blisworth/Towcester end?

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