‘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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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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Hi thereI hope you are all in good health.A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton.Apparently, these station buildings had no entrance doors and access was only from the platform side.I imagine passengers would come up…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Mar 29.

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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.

My SMJ memories

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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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