‘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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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

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Jun 2.

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This hut is now in use as a weedkiller store, with a huge black mixing container standing right outside.Continue

Started Apr 20, 2014

Gayton Station

Although not strictly SMJ, it is interesting to note that the London to Birmingham Railway, which lasted until 1846, had a station called Gayton, the forerunner of Blisworth Station. The original…Continue

Started Jan 29, 2014

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There is a local act for the above railway to be abandoned, dated 24th August 1893. Presumably this must have connected with the N & B Railway at some point, does anybody have any info ?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by NIGEL Mar 20, 2014.


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NIGEL commented on Andy Thompson's photo

Towcester station site 2017

"This parapet was rebuilt a few years ago, due to most of the original one being pushed into the cutting below. I suppose it was cheaper than filling in the cutting. As you can see the bricks are much cleaner, and less weathered, than the ones on the…"
NIGEL replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY'
"My copy arrived this morning. Had a quick read of the first few pages, very informative and good detail."
NIGEL replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Train Simulator SMJ'
"Hello Dave, as far as mileages and mileposts go, the only certainty is that Blisworth Station was used as "Milepost Zero" for the line to Towcester. There are 2 mileposts still standing in the Tiffield area, one TWO MILE and one (TWO AND…"
Jun 12
NIGEL posted a photo

LNWR Map Blisworth to Banbury Line.

An old route map of the LNWR shows that the Blisworth to Banbury line was indeed operated by them, dated c.1900.
Apr 9
NIGEL commented on Gary's status
"The loco looks to have been owned by 'The Clay Cross Co. Ltd.' and the two wagons appear to be single bolsters with the bolsters removed. The brickwork and roof of Helmdon Station building look to be in very good condition, unlike the…"
Apr 9
NIGEL replied to Mike Smith's discussion 'SMJ Exhibition at Towcester Museum'
"The model of Towcester Station will be moved out at the END OF FEBRUARY. The rest of the Old Railway Exhibition will be there until the end of June, (so you still have time to visit Andy !!)"
Feb 17
Simon Dunkley commented on NIGEL's photo

LNWR working the N&BJR into SMJ days.

"Nice photo, but this doesn't add anything new: Dunn's Oakwood Press booklet is clear on this arrangement: I can only guess, but this might have been the primary source for the information (and technically speaking is a secondary source,…"
Feb 15
NIGEL left a comment for Frank Cheevers
"There was also The Micheline, which ran in 1931/2 on the Bletchley to Oxford line."
Feb 12
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LNWR working the N&BJR into SMJ days.

An extract from "Railways of Northamptonshire 1800-1960" by Clinker shows that the N & BJR was worked by the LNWR for nearly 34 years, into SMJ days.
Feb 11
John Norton commented on NIGEL's photo


"It was at Mk exhibition last year."
Jan 30
Colin Franklin commented on NIGEL's photo


"I seem to remember seeing this layout at a Model Railway Exhibition in Milton Keynes a few years ago."
Jan 30
NIGEL posted a photo

Blisworth Station Southern Side.

Note cottage next to reservoirs, gas holder (coal gas?) for station gas lamps, pumping house with cottage above (next to canal, near bridge) and the stables next to the goods shed. Did the water tank on top of the steam powered pumping house also…
Jan 29
NIGEL replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth'
"A most interesting map which I think may be earlier than stated. The stations were built by Richard Dunkley in 1845, as was his residence 'The Loundes', south of the Hotel, in 1846. The Blisworth Hotel was built by Dunkley in 1847, and…"
Jan 29
John Norton commented on NIGEL's photo


"The model of Towcester is coming out of the museum in the middle of Feb as it needs some electrical work on it as it returns to the exhibition circuit from March onwards in 2017. The rest of the exhibition will close at the end of Feb."
Jan 27
NIGEL posted a photo


The Towcester Station model at the museum will be moved out in the middle of February. Your last chance to see this and the whole of the Old Railway Exhibition.
Jan 27
NIGEL replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth'
"Interesting to note that in 1891 Station Road, (ex Ford Lane), was maintained by the L&NWR and that the Northampton & Banbury Junction Railway Co. to contribute £10 per annum towards the cost of maintenance."
Jan 21

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At 21:31 on August 27, 2013, Tony Marsh said…

Brick is with our Heritage Society - they have three cupboards of artifacts and documents in addition to masses of stuff at the NRO.  I should have signed and dated that article on the brick - indeed it would help if there were a law demanding that everything on the net be signd and dated.  By the way is it possible for you to just use the bogstandard email service for our comments - tony@marsht.plus.com   Tony

At 7:58 on August 27, 2013, Tony Marsh said…

By the way, in a past interaction you ask about a feature running up to the smj line. It looks like a defunct path. Having solid lines ALL around it suggests it was fenced both sides and gated - perhaps let to an individual for access at one time. Footpaths depicted on maps c 1885 and even now with dotted lines indicate a right to passage on that line but there may well be no fencing either side and hazard from stock is ones own problem (that last point of law is nowadays getting pretty weak).  Tony

At 7:49 on August 27, 2013, Tony Marsh said…

Blisworth brick company has been a bit nebulous but I condense all I know in the article at http://www.blisworth.org.uk/images/Bricks/Brickworks.htm.

By the way, if you have any Blisworth question you can put your keyword into the home page of that website. I run it - so I'm biassed.

Best wishes.

At 21:34 on August 26, 2013, Tony Marsh said…

Your the 'man' - what a brick!!  Tony

At 20:21 on November 3, 2012, Andy Thompson said…

Nice to meet you today Nigel and thanks for the uploads. Andy

At 14:14 on October 28, 2012, Andy Thompson said…
Welcome aboard! Andy

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