‘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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2F WDs working to Bristol

In the 1950s/60s we had a regular working of a 2F Woodford Halse WD to Bristol. I was always intrigued by how they got there. Does anybody know if that was via the SMJR please?Continue

Started by Bob Bishop on Friday.

Talk to Welford Local History Society

I live in Welford on Avon which now incorporates the former Binton Station with its recent housing development.The local history society is currently planning its 2022/23 programme of events and talks and would be keen to include a talk on the…Continue

Started by John Read Oct 8.

Broom Junction station site for sale 2 Replies

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 Oct 4.

Salvaged track bolts 2 Replies

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 Russ Firth Oct 3.

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Dear All,

Following a hunch that the Beyer Peacock record would be retained at the Museum of Science and Industy in Manchester, I found the following images. I am afraid I cannot show pics owing to copyright.

http://emu.msim.org.uk/web/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=13225" target="_blank">

http://emu.msim.org.uk/web/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=13246" target="_blank">

There are 2698 documents in their archive and I suspect it's a rich seam of research on E&W/S&MJR locomotive matters. Now can I persuade my boss to give me a week in Manchester?



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Here's another. An early goods engine from the 1881 batch.

http://emu.msim.org.uk/web/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=13206" target="_blank">

And here is SMJ 5 & 6 twins provided for the M&SWJR

http://emu.msim.org.uk/web/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=13249" target="_blank">

OK That is all the photo's - you know how it is once you start you cannot stop. The Beyer Peacock order books still exist and the company directors minute books too.
Hello Si!
Yes, these work well!! Thank you. The MOSI site is a veritable treasure chest....!
Hi Si
What a wonderful find - great stuff - there are lots of lovely old locos there !
For the real SMJ / EWJR loco anoraks (like me !) who search after the really obscure there are a few others worth looking at - the links below will show-
Front view of the Hull & Barnsley 2-4-0 that No.13 was based on - unusual to get such a detailed shot
Ditto - but view of the cab interior - again unusual detail
Crewe Iron Co 0-6-0ST of 1867 - the EWJR loco No. 1 for the broom line in 1879 was based on this BP order, so can be taken to be an example of what the loco first looked like
Swedish 0-6-0 BP order of 1866
Swedish 2-4-0 tank BP order of 1866 - these last two were the basis of the two classes ordered by the EWJR to start their own services off - but either never delivered or returned to the makers after a very short use by EWJR - and then sold on to the LYR
There might be other gems in there somewhere - must have a better look sometime later !http://emu.msim.org.uk/web/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=11875

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