‘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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Line Speed 4 Replies

Probably a question or an answer that is on here somewhere and I have missed it, but what was the line running speed? Always get the impression that the trains dawdled along rather than made any great progress.Continue

Started by Gary. Last reply by Dick Bodily Feb 1.

Interesting Ebay item 1 Reply

Thanks to Gary for the heads up!https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254054775180AndyContinue

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Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by Phil Street Jan 8.

Fenny Compton Goods shed 1 Reply

HelloSome time ago I posted a question concerning the goods shed at Fenny Compton as indicated in 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 ;…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Jan 8.

E&W JR first train 1 Reply

HelloDoes someone have a copy of the picture of the first train running on the East and West Junction Railway as stated in J Dunn’s book The Stratford & Midland Junction Railway on page 43Best regardsJackContinue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Jan 7.

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"Great photo and detail, Robin! Are you coming to the Exhibition?"
Jul 7, 2018
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Train is 1/30 pm Euston - Perth and Roade Jnc Signal Box can be seen through arch where SMJ ran from behind box to bay platform at Roade Station short lived.
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Taken just south of SMJ Bridge at Roade, on the SMJ can be seen a railmotor which brought the Towcester gang to work on WCML. This was the first section of concrete sleepers layed in area and was on Up Fast south of the junction. But only part of…
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"The model railway of Roade looks very interesting. Robin Patrick"
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Have you friends who knew the SMJ who you can tell about us?
I worked on the railway in the Signal Box at Blisworth in 1960's, yes some interesting stories. I lived at Ashton just south of Roade in 1950's so saw trains on Towcester - Ravenstone Wood Jnc line. In my railway career worked with people who had worked on SMJ route. I have been meaning to join group for some time.

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At 18:45 on March 20, 2017, Peter S Lewis said…

Hell Robin,

Great to have you with us.

Do you have some memories or photos of your Blisworth experience?



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