‘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' 

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Concrete sleepers 2 Replies

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

Started by Clive. Last reply by Clive Aug 1.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 11 Replies

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.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

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.

Stored coaches 3 Replies

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.

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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

Started May 25, 2017

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

 

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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