‘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"
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
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.
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
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…
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.