‘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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Turntable at Burton Dassett 2 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 4 hours ago.

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.

Broom Junction station site for sale

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 Dec 11, 2017.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction?

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 Nov 24, 2017.


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.

Fenny Comptn

HelloI purchased the book « Track Layout Diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 » « Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Jcn Rly » by R.A.Cooke ISBN 10 :1 871674 20 4N page 29/9 on the 1903 track plan it shows a goods shed at…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Oct 16, 2017.

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Train Simulator SMJ
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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…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob hawes Aug 8, 2017.

SMJ Bridge 170
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Some SMJ news folks:The SMJ Bridge 170 on the Olney Branch, which crosses Quinton road near Salcey Forest, is currently in the process of being demolished. The actual bridge itself was lifted in the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Dawson Mar 11, 2014.

Tiffield Station Site
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We have many unanswered and unanswerable questions regarding the Station site at Tiffield, but actually definitively pinpointing a location could be something for us to get our teeth into. A handful…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dick Bodily Jun 8, 2014.


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Bob hawes replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Train Simulator SMJ'
"Hi Richard, I shall also look forward to seeing everything you do."
Aug 8, 2017
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, 2017
David Clipston replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Train Simulator SMJ'
"Hello Richard, I'm a new member to the site and just came across this in a search of the site for info on Easton Neston quarry - I've embarked on something similar myself in TS 2017 - hadn't come across anything to suggest that…"
Jun 2, 2017
Dick Bodily replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Tiffield Station Site'
"Can confirm that there was a foot crossing between Blakesley Bridge 24 and Dunkley's (aka. Cattle) Bridge 25. It was much nearer to Bridge 24 than Bridge 25 not many yards west of the up home signal, but obviously the quoted distances…"
Jun 8, 2014
NIGEL replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Tiffield Station Site'
"Just to throw another spanner in the works, there are a few mistakes in the bridge numbers document. A noticeable one is on the Morton Pinkney to Blakesley section, foot crossing at 8 miles & 26 chains, this is between the Blakesley station…"
Jun 8, 2014
NIGEL replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Tiffield Station Site'
"Does the intermediate block post imply a signal box to control it at that point i.e. at Tiffield. Or was it controlled from somewhere else ? By definition this eliminated a passing loop, as the box would have been equipped with token instruments.…"
May 22, 2014
Richard Woods replied to John Cosford's discussion 'HS2 and the SMJ'
"I thought that they were going to use a majority of the GCR trackbed? If not, they ought to, as the infrastructure such as cuttings, embankments, bridges ect is still all in place along the entire route between London and Leicester, seems logical…"
Apr 9, 2014
Stephen Dawson replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'SMJ Bridge 170'
"There are going to be 9 wind turbines in total on that plot."
Mar 11, 2014
Peter Fleming replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'SMJ Bridge 170'
"There are now 4 wind generators up or almost complete. Looking from the M1 it appears that only one (the western-most) is actually on the SMJ alignment."
Mar 10, 2014
Richard Woods replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Tiffield Station Site'
"Hi folks Great to see that the story of Tiffield Halt has developed! Barry was mentioned at the very start of the thread that the bridge register document may have been incorrect, and it certainly seems to be incorrect given that there are…"
Mar 2, 2014
NIGEL replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Tiffield Station Site'
"Remarkable - he did mention a hut, but not what it was made of. If it was made of wood this would explain why there is no apparent trace left of it. Having walked this section late last year I certainly do not recall seeing any huts. The date of…"
Mar 2, 2014
Barry Taylor replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Tiffield Station Site'
"This is fascinating info Nigel. Seems to confirm that the Tiffield station site was in fact by the wooden steps and not further towards Towcester as suggested by the Bridges Register position. Which makes me wonder - is that position of 2 miles 56…"
Mar 2, 2014
NIGEL replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Tiffield Station Site'
"Also of interest is that he states there was a passing loop between the footpath and Caldecote road bridge on the Towcester side. This footpath was also a farm crossing with gates, and mention of an accident here has been recorded, when a…"
Mar 1, 2014
NIGEL replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Tiffield Station Site'
"Having spoken directly with my old work colleague who was born in Tiffield, and whose father worked on the railway at Towcester, I can state that the potential site for the Halt was on the embankment but on the Towcester side. See map. The site was…"
Mar 1, 2014
Barry Taylor replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Tiffield Station Site'
"I think that the siding might be the one that existed a little nearer to Towcester, known as Lloyds Siding. It opened c 1873 and served an ironworks and brickworks. Although the works closed quite quickly and the signalbox there was also closed, I…"
Feb 27, 2014
NIGEL replied to Richard Woods's discussion 'Tiffield Station Site'
"Yes, also of interest is, "there was a small siding on the Towcester side of Caldecote Road bridge, so they could let the train pass when necessary. " He also mentions the Ro-Railer in 1933, probably the last journey it ever made. I…"
Feb 26, 2014

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At 8:30 on January 3, 2013, Andy Thompson said…

Richard. Its seems you are the man in the know! Can you give us the full SP on just which way out (or both) the track from the station? Andy

At 20:16 on March 29, 2010, Peter S Lewis said…
A warm welcome to this SMJ dedicated site!


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