‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

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Russ Firth replied to Graham Ward's discussion 'SMJ item for auction'
"I managed to get this nice one last year, the seller also sold this red one at the same time, which a friend of mine bought. "
Nov 21, 2023
Russ Firth replied to Graham Ward's discussion 'SMJ item for auction'
"I managed to get this nice one last year "
Nov 21, 2023
Russ Firth replied to Graham Ward's discussion 'SMJ item for auction'
"I’ve just logged in to post exactly the same thing, but you beat me to it! "
Nov 21, 2023
Russ Firth replied to John Godwin's discussion 'Salvaged track bolts'
"This is a Stratford & Midland Jcn bridge number, from the time before any LMS replacements were used, they sometimes come up for sale at GCR Auctions, I got this one from there recently. "
Oct 3, 2021
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Which station was not on the SMJ network?
Dawlish
Which rail company became a constituate part of the SMJ?
The East and West Junction Railway

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