‘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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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 Oct 15.

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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In June 'Railway Bylines' Barry Taylor continues his 'SMJ Revisited' series covering the Towcester to Ettington section.

In June 'Steam Days' Rex Partridge's 'Related Through Ironstone' describes rail operations at Byfield and Charwelton ironstone quarries.

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Excellent article by Rex with lots of very interesting detail and anecdotes.
However, I wonder if anyone has noticed the other reference to the SMJ in the same magazine?
In his article 'Passing the time at Bradley Lane' Mike page mentions the LCGB 'King commemorative' railtour of 17th November 1962. This worked its way from Paddington to Wolverhampton, back to Stourbridge, and eventually along the SMJ from Fenny Compton, to Towcester and Blisworth behind WR 22xx No. 2210.
Until now we all seem to have supposed that this loco then took the train on from Blisworth, along the WCML to Bletchley, along the Oxford branch, and then down to Marylebone. However, Mike destroys that theory by mentioning that a 4F took the train on from Blisworth, in place of the planned 2P 4-4-0 - it eventually got to London 3 hours late!
I've often wondered why nobody around Northampton reported the WR 22xx on the main line at the time - the answer is that, if anyone was out that late on a November afternoon, they would only have seen a far less noteworthy 4F anyway. Also I wonder what happened to the 22xx at Blisworth? We did occasionally get the odd one at Northampton a few years earlier (strangely one was the same 2210) and I wonder whether it went on shed, or just ran back light to home? Any thoughts?

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