‘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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"This may work better  https://www.google.fr/maps/@52.1882493,-1.8649743,17.46z By the side of the B49 "
Jan 29
Stuart John Dodd commented on John Douglas's photo
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"Some of the ploughing engines survive, https://www.google.fr/maps/@52.1878642,-1.8645735,3a,60y,12.11h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s4OuJRLgUSVsK5pOe0Tipow!2e0!7i13312!8i6656"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Stuart John Dodd
"Interesting ...would probably make a chapter in a book..!!"
Jan 27
Stuart John Dodd left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"There aren't any TGV lines near us,its much more like Stratford Old Town station with goods sheds disused but still intact, railways unfenced, there is a large railway yard at Buisson du Cadouin which is also intact, interesting google earth…"
Jan 27
Peter S Lewis left a comment for Stuart John Dodd
"Stuart.. memories!! Are there railway lines near you in France..TGVs, I suppose!"
Jan 27
Stuart John Dodd left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"Hello Peter,  I remember my Grandfather mentioning your surname,he was the village wheelwright then carpenter/builder, he lived at The lindens until 1985 when he passed away, would have played football in the 20s/30s and was in the village…"
Jan 27
Peter S Lewis left a comment for Stuart John Dodd
"Hello Stuart..Thank you for the background information! My own paternal grandparents lived at Rickyard Farm CC..probably they were still there in the late 1960s into the 70s... (Lewis) And my Dad had several brothers..and they pretty much…"
Jan 27
Stuart John Dodd left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"Hello Peter, Thank you for acceptance into the SMJ Society. I have a great interest in the line as I was born on the 21 July 1964 at the Lindens Clifford Chambers, within ear shot of the railway, then moved to Pillerton Priors in 1965, attending…"
Jan 27
Peter S Lewis left a comment for Stuart John Dodd
"Hello Stuart.. Welcome aboard!! Tell us about your SMJ links!! Peter"
Jan 27
Stuart John Dodd is now a member of The SMJ Society
Jan 27

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At 15:55 on January 27, 2018, Peter S Lewis said…

Interesting ...would probably make a chapter in a book..!!

At 13:57 on January 27, 2018, Peter S Lewis said…

Stuart.. memories!!

Are there railway lines near you in France..TGVs, I suppose!

At 12:57 on January 27, 2018, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Stuart..Thank you for the background information! My own paternal grandparents lived at Rickyard Farm CC..probably they were still there in the late 1960s into the 70s... (Lewis) And my Dad had several brothers..and they pretty much constituted the village football team (1930/40s)..My own recollection of their reputation is that they would have given 70s Leeds Utd a run for their money!!

Do you have any photographic material of the SMJ line?

Kind regards,

Peter

At 8:17 on January 27, 2018, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Stuart..

Welcome aboard!!

Tell us about your SMJ links!!

Peter

 
 
 

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