‘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 24 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 Dec 1.

John Jennings

Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a look…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson Nov 28.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 12 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 Jim Brown Nov 23.

Warley Poster

Interesting to see Broom Junction layout photo on posters and adverts for the Warley Model Railway Show this weekend.Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Nov 21.

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I've received a request through a Northants family tree website for any information on a George Brown, born c.1836 and onetime stationmaster at Wappenham. His wife was Mary Ann Foster, born 1837 at…Continue

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Blisworth Junction

Posted on March 12, 2011 at 10:25 0 Comments

The Blisworth village history web site has an excellent section on the railway including much info and photos of the SMJ. The link's http://www.blisworth.org.uk/images/Rails.htm. Part 3 links to an article I wrote on my memories of helping out in the main line box in the 1950s and 60s. I also helped (unofficially) at Gayton, Banbury Lane and Heyford.

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Posted on March 10, 2011 at 19:23 0 Comments

I’ve just joined your group, having been pointed to you following Andy Thompson’s article in the January 2009 edition of Steam Days, a magazine which crossed my desk recently.

 

I was born in 1940 and grew up at Eastcote, a small village near Towcester. My first experience of the SMJ was when I was about 6 or 7, my best mate and I walked the 4 miles to the Blisworth overbridge adjacent to where the SMJ turntable was and peered through the fence at the small signalbox, the…

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At 8:02 on March 16, 2011, Andy Thompson said…

You need to get the book by Robert Stevens. I'm sure it was number 12. We know Tony - he's been very helpful

Andy

At 22:42 on March 10, 2011, Peter S Lewis said…
Hello John,

I'm in Bidford-on-Avon....

And you?

Peter
At 16:06 on March 10, 2011, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello John,

 

Welcome !!

 

Your memories and anecdotes are keenly anticipated!!

 

Peter

At 14:52 on March 10, 2011, Andy Thompson said…

I hope you enjoy the site John.  I haven't any talks planned. Anything you can add we will be very interested in. You mentioned Park St. Will Caton lived in Park street, number 12. He was a shunter porter.

 

Andy

 
 
 

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