‘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 Oct 19.

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

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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

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"Great photo and detail, Robin! Are you coming to the Exhibition?"
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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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