‘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"
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.
As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue
Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.
Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming. Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue
HelloI purchased the book « Track Layout Diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 » « Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Jcn Rly » by R.A.Cooke ISBN 10 :1 871674 20 4N page 29/9 on the 1903 track plan it shows a goods shed at…Continue
Thank you Peter, I live in Foxcovert Drive, Roade - right where the line use to pass by and have been interested in it for the last few years. Out and about recently on my bike I have come across more and more of what was the SMJ so decided to join. I am originally from Loughborough so have been interested in the Great Central Railway for many years and this started my interest in old railways.
Many thanks Peter for letting me join. I walked the line yesterday between Blisworth & Tiffield, cant believe how much really remains, in such a short section. Took loads of photos and short video clips of what I found. I plan on walking the whole route over the winter period, so looking forward to that. I normally post on the FB page "Disused Railways" and have my own personal FB blog of my ramblings "The Last Trains Gone" you have an excellent site here that has already answered several questions on things I found yesterday. So many thanks, and look forward to posting shortly. All the best Terry.
The reason I have joined this group - beyond simple interest in the SuA&MJct Railway - is to seek the answer to a mystery. We have had a roll film donated to the HMRS which contains photographs taken between Evesham and Turvey. On the film is a mystery element that our picture detectives cannot place. Someone has produced a picture of the same or similar ironwork at Shanklin on the Isle-of Wight, but I believe that the initials shown read T-R-O - Towcester, Roade and Olney Junction Railway. Please see the links below;
no links that i know of yet. i believe my ancestors come from the area blakeley and i am a steam fan. i am having a G3 steam engine built and in my dreams would like to feature it on a station layout of interest/relevance to me...... so poss smj....... i am still researching .......
ps - i am very clunky at these blog/ forums ... so dont expectinteraction and convo!! i struggle to log on!!!
i will try and visit the 'line' soon - my sister lives at stratford.
Hello Peter. Many thanks for the welcome. To be honest I have a 'side door ' interest. I am a collector of Scottish bricks and all related subjects, including where they were used. I often get emails from Railway enthusiasts who find bricks around Railway Station, tunnels and platforms etc. I know one of your members, Alwyn, has previously had interest in a Dubs & Co brick which is very interesting. I would to hear from anyone on this subject. I appreciate this is off topic but it is related due to the amount of bricks that the rail industry used, particularly historically speaking.
Does the Society exist purely in virtual space or does it ever have meetings or events? Are there any museums of collections holding SMJ ephemera and artefacts? Seems a shame that it's history and local importance is so little appreciated.
My interest is merely that I have lived in the area for 20 years, first near Edgehill, then Banbury and now in Brackley. I have worked in Stratford and Banbury and all that time been aware of crossing the route of the SMJ repeatedly and in various places as I go about my life! I have done a bit of exploring of what's left of the line over the years and managed to acquire one or two relevant books. When I came across your SMJ site it filled in many gaps in my understanding. My particular interest is railway signalling and I have found signalling diagrams for many but not all of the key SMJ locations in books and on-line. I was born after the line closed and cannot claim any particular connection to it nor offer any new info but am happy to be part of keeping its memory alive! Best wishes,
I was born in Percy road WH. My father worked in the loco shed and was heavily involved in breakdown cranes. I am a Driver and fireman at the GCC and regularly travel out with Oliver Cromwell on the mainline with 5305La.
I'm a member of the Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society, which is based at Knightcote, not far north of Nirth End and Burton Dassert. I'm part of the N gauge group there who are currently planning our new layout, which is almost certain to be based on Kineton station.
The reason for signing up is that I have been asked to produce an oil painting of a Bayer -Peacock 2-4-0T with coaches going through Morton Pinkney. I could do with some good photos and drawings to get the fine details I need.
Though i moved away from Northampton in 1966. i have always had an interest in the SMJ - wondered about all the little railway lines and the mysterious wagon stores when being driven around the county by my father. In around 1965 two friends and I decided to try and 'cycle along the trackbed - started from Blisworth and got as far as Wappenham (As far as i can recall). I am afraid I will not be able to add anything to the knowledge of the line - not even any photos from that day. Alan