‘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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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 yesterday.

Broom Junction station site for sale

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 on Monday.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction?

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 Nov 24.

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.

Fenny Comptn

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

Started by Jack Freuville Oct 16.

Albert Fennell (GCR driver and former Woodford fireman) retires

On Sunday 8th October ex- Woodford fireman Albert Fennell who fired several times…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Oct 10.

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This is a link to my blog about the SMJ on the Amberley Books web site. I am an author for Amberley - hopefully you may find this potted history entertaining. Here is the direct link: …Continue

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Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition
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I was visiting Towcester Museum this week dropping off some artefacts for their SMJ exhibition this summer. This is an excellent museum, but they need more SMJ items to make a proper exhibition. I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by NIGEL Dec 16, 2016.

Blisworth SMJ station use for parcels 1960s

..and presumably you have seen the picture in my album of the reconstructed platforms. I remember them being quite busy with parcels traffic in the mid-1960s, especially at night. I suppose it was…Continue

Started Aug 31, 2011

SMJ number-takers book
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While back in the UK earlier this month, I found a couple of old items from the SMJ in my attic. One was a British Railways Rule Book. It is dated 1950. Inside is written in very neat handwriting "W…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Evans Dec 14, 2010.

 

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The SMJ - a good read?

Posted on October 11, 2011 at 7:10 5 Comments

My collection of books specifically about the SMJ totals just seven - and two of these are versions of the same book. But if you are thinking of starting a collection of SMJ books, which ones should you buy?

 

Book No 1: I started back in 1962 with The Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway by J.M. Dunn (Oakwood Press 1952). It can't have been too popular as I was able to buy a new copy ten years after it was printed, from…

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At 20:42 on June 30, 2013, Andy Thompson said…

John. Have you seen the Tiffield station thread on the forum. I've just dragged you into it after deiscovering your image on Fickr of 'Probably' the station site! Sorry!!  Andy

http://thesmjr.ning.com/forum/topics/tiffield-station-site?commentId=3138568%3AComment%3A51761

At 18:01 on January 26, 2013, Andy Thompson said…

Cheque safely here John, many thanks! Andy

At 19:34 on January 9, 2013, John Norton said…
Thanks John, I have just realised you are related to Nick, my local model shop where I spend too much money.

I think my friend George Woodcock who I am building the model of Towcester with has already sent you a email.
Thanks for your help
Best regards
John
At 17:51 on July 1, 2011, Brian Elphick said…

Hi John thanks for the reply if I come across anything I'll give you a call

 

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At 20:20 on October 5, 2010, Andy Thompson said…
John

What great photos. We really thank you for them! Andy
At 20:54 on June 18, 2010, Peter S Lewis said…
Hello John,

Welcome to the site!
We shall look forward to your contributions!

Peter
At 17:51 on June 18, 2010, Andy Thompson said…
Hi John. Nice to have you onboard. Yes We'd love to see the slides on the side. Tell me more
Andy
 
 
 

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