‘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"
For those interested in the Train Simulator 2014 side of life... I've begun modelling the SMJ railway in the route creator/editor, using terrain from imported Google Earth and imagery of the line from the SMJ days. As you'd expect, the route is…Continue
Started by Richard Woods. Last reply by Bob hawes Aug 8.
I see an advert for Volume 1 of Barry Taylor's SMJ history in RM. Apparently it will cover the E&WJR and N&BJR period pre SMJ and is being published by Black Dwarf mid-August, cost &25 plus p.p.Continue
Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily Aug 4.
Hi everyone.I am in the process of updating the SMJ section of the website. Having learnt my lesson a few years ago when John Jennings took me to task for confusing the location of Clifford Sidings…Continue
"Anthony Newman is the photographer. His caption is:
The Byfield Ironstone Railway which connects with the SMJ line. Outside the crude engine-shed stands Manning Wardle saddle tank ‘Sir Berkeley’. During later restoration, this…"
"British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92213 approaches Broom West Signal Box with a westbound freight service. The fireman would be standing on the other side of the cab ready to lean out to collect the staff before proceeding on to Evesham.…"
"Ex-WD 'Austerity' 2-8-0 No 90448, on a Class H service, collects the staff from Broom East Signal Box on 28th February 1960. Built as WD 8627 by the Vulcan Foundry in March 1944, the locomotive was renumbered by the War Department again in…"
"British Railways Standard Class 9F No 92205 having waited for ex-WD 'Austerity' 2-8-0 No 90065 now collects the staff in order to proceed on to Stratford upon Avon on 15th May 1960 (see image 'smj_brm400'). Broom East was a new…"
"Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 43222 passes Broom North Signal Box with a SLS Railtour on 29th April 1956. The Stephenson Locomotive Society Railtour commenced at Kings Cross and proceeded to Hertford, Hitchin, Bedford, 0lney, Towcester, Stratford,…"
"Ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201 is seen on a Class H through working with a train of steel billets between Broom and Stratford. Allocated to Cardiff Canton shed at the time of the photograph, No 90201 was built as WD No 7234 by the North…"
"British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92205 waits in the south curve loop for ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201 to clear the single line from Stratford upon Avon on 15th May 1960. The south curve was opened on 27th September 1942…"
"Broom West Signal Box was built to a wartime Air Raid Precaution (ARP) specification which were designed to prevent blast damage rather than a direct hit from a bomb. The London, Midland & Scottish Railway ARP design for instance was design to…"
Hi everyone.I am in the process of updating the SMJ section of the website. Having learnt my lesson a few years ago when John Jennings took me to task for confusing the location of Clifford Sidings and Ettington Limeworks, I would appreciate any help in reviewing the content. I had hoped John would help do this for me but I hadn't realised just how poorly he was. We have lost a great friend and resource to the SMJ Society.I have more or less finished the section between Fenny Compton to…See More