‘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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NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 6 Replies

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

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Simon Dunkley 19 hours ago.

Train Simulator SMJ 7 Replies

For those interested in the Train Simulator 2014 side of life... I've begun modelling the SMJ railway in the route creator/editor, using terrain from imported Google Earth and imagery of the line from the SMJ days. As you'd expect, the route is…Continue

Started by Richard Woods. Last reply by Bob hawes Aug 8.

Barry's SMJ book 4 Replies

I see an advert for Volume 1 of Barry Taylor's SMJ history in RM. Apparently it will cover the E&WJR and N&BJR period pre SMJ and is being published by Black Dwarf mid-August, cost &25 plus p.p.Continue

Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily Aug 4.

SMJ Section on the Warwickshire Railways website

I have now added more information, much of it generic, to the Warwickshire Railways website. Please review it and advise me if there are any errors.…Continue

Started by mike musson Jul 29.

SMJ section on Warwickshire Railways website

I have now added more information, much of it generic, to the Warwickshire Railways website. Please review it and advise me if there are any errors.…Continue

Started by mike musson Jul 29.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 5 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

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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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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: https://www.amberley-books.com/blog/2017/05/smj-railway-by-john-evans/See More
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SMJ cottages, Blisworth

"Mama mia......2 years ago was their 100th anniversary of being built."
Dec 31, 2016
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SMJ cottages, Blisworth

"That's right no. 34 came up for sale, and I posted some photos a couple of years ago.......2 years ago.....where has the time gone !!!"
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SMJ cottages, Blisworth

When I last drove through Blisworth I could not find these cottages and assumed they had been swept away in the name of progress. A friend advised me otherwise - the authorities have actually diverted Station Road so the cottages are down a…
Dec 31, 2016
NIGEL replied to John Evans's discussion 'Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition'
"Thanks Gary, a lot of work was put in on this, I should know.......I was there !!"
Dec 16, 2016
Gary replied to John Evans's discussion 'Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition'
"Finally managed to get to see the exhibition last weekend.It is a brilliant piece of work folks and I was surprised at some of the exhibits and how such early items of the line's history have survived.The layout, something I have been hoping to…"
Dec 16, 2016
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SMJ junction at Stratford-upom-Avon

"Taken from the Sanctus road bridge looking South. both sides are now built up, the road now is where the main track veers to the right. The road shown in the pic is now a side road (Sandfield road)"
Oct 19, 2016
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1000 at Blisworth

"Simply a beautiful engine - we saw them as kids on the main line here."
Aug 27, 2016
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1000 passing Blakesley

"First view I have seen of the lovely old compound on the SMJ. Priceless, Tim!"
Aug 27, 2016
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Signals at west end of Towcester

"Towcester up home signals with a glimpse of the elusive Watling Street bridge. Nice. Looks like the removed the other home signal by chopping off the top of the signal post."
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Towcester station looking east

"Wonderful general view of Towcester in its last active days."
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Site of Salcey Forest station looking west

"I wonder if the bridge in the distance is Forest Road, Piddington."
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Site of Salcey Forest station looking west

"This is how I remember it, Tim."
Aug 27, 2016
Malcolm Edward Ranieri replied to John Evans's discussion 'Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition'
"I also have loaned the Museum for 6monthseveral SMJ items,incl three key signal tokens for the line,a Towcester station ticket prices sheet 1920s,a 'Beware' sign,,lots of luggage labels,and flyers from over 100 years ago,paperwork,carriage…"
Aug 2, 2016
Karen Tonks replied to John Evans's discussion 'Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition'
"I have a couple of photos and a Map - but nothing special I don't think - do you think they would want those?"
Aug 2, 2016

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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

 

Cheers

Brian

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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