‘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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Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 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 Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 14 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 Nov 22, 2017.

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1964 train register book from Towcester.
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I've uploaded a couple of pages from a 1964 train register book i have..…Continue

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Towcester Train Register Book
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I have finally located the Train Register Book from Towcester box... I'll upload more if there is interest..…Continue

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Ravenstone Wood Junction.
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Hi All. I've joined up after an internet search looking for information regarding Ravenstone Wood Junction. It has come to light that there were sidings here. Did they link to the army depot?Continue

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Richard Pike replied to Richard Pike's discussion '1964 train register book from Towcester.'
"There is not much written about what happened to lines after closure. I'd always imagined Blisworth being the point rails retreated to but Woodford makes sense. It was almost dead itself and lots of spare…"
Feb 6, 2016
Dick Bodily replied to Richard Pike's discussion '1964 train register book from Towcester.'
"Richard,  Between the closure and 8th November the track was being progressively lifted westwards from the Blisworth end by PW trains accessing the closed line by reversal at Woodford West Junction. The trains were hauled by…"
Feb 6, 2016
Richard Pike replied to Richard Pike's discussion '1964 train register book from Towcester.'
"The last entry is 8 November 1964. The later the entry the less detailed it is. Some entries have notes like 'materials' and the are other comments like Ravenstone Wood line."
Feb 4, 2016
Dick Bodily replied to Richard Pike's discussion '1964 train register book from Towcester.'
"Although official closure from Blisworth Ironstone to Woodford West was 2nd February 1964 it is believed that Woodford West pickups trains stopped running about a month earlier. 2-2-3 code might have involved collecting wagonsstored on the former…"
Feb 4, 2016
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1964 train register book from Towcester.

I've uploaded a couple of pages from a 1964 train register book i have..https://www.flickr.com/photos/32297024@N08/24706598791/What was the status of the lines around Towcester at this time? How far did they go? There is atrain signalled by the code 2-2-3. This suggests it stopped at an intermediate siding. Where was this?See More
Feb 3, 2016
Barry Taylor replied to Richard Pike's discussion 'Towcester Train Register Book'
"Dick Unfortunately I didn't record the number of the 8F - I remember it caught me by surprise and had gone under the bridge and away into the sidings, and I didn't bother to chase it down towards the station to find out. However, the…"
Dec 26, 2012
Dick Bodily replied to Richard Pike's discussion 'Towcester Train Register Book'
"Barry, Unfortunately I can't make out the writing on the log book photo. Did you make a note of the 8Fs number or more specifically allocation? All the track lifting trains that I saw were heading towards Woodford West and hauled by Woodford…"
Dec 24, 2012
Richard Pike replied to Richard Pike's discussion 'Towcester Train Register Book'
"What was going on at Towcester around the dates covered by the register? Clearly the box is open for there to be a register at all. I have followed some of the days right through at it appears there are a couple of trains there at the same time. Was…"
Dec 23, 2012
Barry Taylor replied to Richard Pike's discussion 'Towcester Train Register Book'
"Thanks for this Richard - it's particularly fascinating for me as on 21st July that year I was at Towcester and took a couple of photos of the station. But more to the point I went to Blisworth one evening a few days later (27th) looking for…"
Dec 23, 2012
Gary replied to Richard Pike's discussion 'Towcester Train Register Book'
"Yes please. Be good to see such information. Thanks for everything so far."
Dec 23, 2012
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Towcester Train Register Book

I have finally located the Train Register Book from Towcester box... I'll upload more if there is interest..http://thesmjr.ning.com/photo/dsc02503?context=album&albumId=3138568%3AAlbum%3A43906See More
Dec 22, 2012
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Richard Pike replied to Paul Jeffries's discussion 'Ravenstone wood signalmen'
"There is some discussion here and a mention of another name.. You should be able to read the thread without having to register.. http://www.signalbox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3971"
Nov 18, 2012
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Kettering Jct., Towcester & Ashton signalbox name plates

"Lurking 'somewhere' in my collection is the last train register from Towcester box. When i find it stand by for a barrage of technical questions..."
Oct 31, 2012
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Kettering Jct., Towcester & Ashton signalbox name plates

"I can't help with the Towcester nameboard but i know where the rebuilt Kettering Junction box is!"
Oct 31, 2012
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Ravenstone Wood Junction

"The 'PRIVATE' sign on the looks interesting."
Sep 9, 2012

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At 19:37 on March 13, 2012, Andy Thompson said…

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