‘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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Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Friday.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 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 Simon Stevens Sep 20.

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.

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Another magazine article on the SMJ
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Dunwoody Jan 21, 2015.

Article in the Meccano Magazine (Aug 1956) describing the SMJR Railtour
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Robin Cullup Jan 16, 2016.

Approaching Towcester from Ravenstone Wood
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Robin Cullup replied to Dave Hayward's discussion 'Ravenstone Wood as three way junction?'
"I wrote an article on Ravenstone Wood Jcn that appeared in the Midland Railway Society Journal No.58 (Summer 2015) which dealt (briefly) with the Yardley Chase Munitions Depot. The Piddington connection was announced as opening on 23rd April…"
Apr 15
Robin Cullup left a comment for John Douglas
"Welcome to the SMJ website - glad you have memories of the 4Fs rattling over the Tin Bridge. Robin "
Mar 5, 2017
Tim Roy left a comment for Robin Cullup
"Dear Robin, I would be delighted if some of my Father’s images of No.1000 at Blisworth were included in the Midland Railway Society Newsletter. My aplogies for the delay in replying. With regards, Tim Roy"
Feb 16, 2017
Robin Cullup commented on Robin Cullup's photo
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S-on-A - jcn with SMJ 12.6.34 (Mowat Coll)

"Dear Andy, The left hand line through the junction is the connection through the goods yard at S-upon-A from the GW to the SMJ. The right hand (main line) is to Honeybourne etc. The view is in a southerly direction.  The photograph is…"
Oct 20, 2016
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S-on-A - jcn with SMJ 12.6.34 (Mowat Coll)

is this of interest? - taken on 12.6.1934 it's from the Mowat Collection. this is the GW/SMJ connection.Regards,Robin
Oct 20, 2016
Robin Cullup replied to Dick Bodily's discussion 'Mystery line that never was. Did the East & West seek to expand into Bucks?'
"A publication that lists all the proposed railways promoted by the East & West, Northampton & Banbury and successors is "Catalogue of Plans of Proposed Canals, Turnpike Roads, Railways and other Public Works etc" - this is complied…"
Jun 2, 2016
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Jan 17, 2016
Robin Cullup replied to Robin Cullup's discussion 'Article in the Meccano Magazine (Aug 1956) describing the SMJR Railtour'
"The station is indeed Byfield. There must have been many hundreds of photos taken of 43222 and train on the SMJ on this Sunday. What is perhaps amazing to us today is that the special ran on a Sunday meaning that several signal boxes must have been…"
Jan 16, 2016
Gary replied to Robin Cullup's discussion 'Article in the Meccano Magazine (Aug 1956) describing the SMJR Railtour'
"The station is Byfield isn't it?Great bit of history."
Jan 16, 2016
Robin Cullup replied to Richard Maund's discussion 'Woodford - Byfield passenger closure date'
"The Riley/Simpson book "A History of the SMJ etc" gives a date of 31st May 1948 - i.e. "The north curve to Woodford.....did not close to passenger trains until May 31, 1948". I cannot find any reference to this closure in…"
Dec 22, 2015
Robin Cullup commented on Dick Bodily's photo
Jun 16, 2015
Robin Cullup commented on Dick Bodily's photo
Jun 16, 2015
Robin Cullup left a comment for Dick Bodily
"47203%20%40%20Swithland%20on%20passenger%2013.6.15.jpgFurther to Dick's comments re the Woodford Halse event at the GC last weekend, I attach a couple of photographs - one of 43106 - a Woodford resident for some in the late'50s/early 60s.…"
Jun 16, 2015
Robin Cullup replied to Andy Thompson's discussion 'Bridge 12'
"Herewith a view of the Lucas bridge at Towcester - probably taken on the same occasion as the one already posted, but showing all of the bridge (from the railway). Date 29.4.1956"
May 4, 2015
Robin Cullup commented on NIGEL's photo
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SOMEWHERE ON THE SMJ.

"If this is on the SMJ then my guess is that it's crossing over the GW line next to Stratford Race Course station. The gradient post is a clue as the line rises at 1 in 60 westwards from S-on-A and after crossing over the GW then falls at 1 in…"
Apr 6, 2015
Robin Cullup replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'Old Cine Film of the SMJ.'
"Thanks, Jim. This all sounds familiar and I think that the early material (1928) was filmed by Mr Stretton-Ward who lived at Leamington. I do have a video tape from quite a few years ago which has much of the same material on it, but still…"
Apr 4, 2015

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At 11:10 on February 16, 2017, Tim Roy said…

Dear Robin,

I would be delighted if some of my Father’s images of No.1000 at Blisworth were included in the Midland Railway Society Newsletter.

My aplogies for the delay in replying.

With regards,

Tim Roy

At 12:34 on July 16, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Robin
welcome aboard! Its good to have you with us and back in circulation!

Andy
 
 
 

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