‘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 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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An Alphabetical List of SMJ Nicknames

 

 

 

(NB) The names in brackets refer to the person who supplied the info.

 

Banana Line - referring to Towcester - Ravenswood Junction section (Barry Taylor)

Bread and Herring - referring to Towcester - Ravenswood Junction
section (Robin Cullup / Andrew Smith)

Bread and Scrape - referring to Towcester - Ravenstone Junction section (David
Blagrove)

Crab and Winkle - referring to the Towcester to Cockley Brake Junction section and used by Bletchley MPD staff who worked past Cockley Brake en route from Verney Junction  to Banbury. (Dick Bodily)

Dilly Dally - used by Northampton MPD staff (Dick Bodily)

Drum & Monkey - mentioned in a Tom Rolt book (Nigel Furness)

Erratic and Wandering Journey - E and WJR section generally  (Gary)

Fig  and Orange- mentioned in a Tom Rolt book (Nigel Furness)

Linger and Die - used at Roade ( Nigel Furness)

Nibble - used by Woodford Halse MPD staff to refer to the SMJ generally, and also sometimes to the Woodford West Junction. - Woodford 'North Junction' Curve  (Clive
Boardman / Dick Bodily)

Nibble and Clink - referring to the N and B section at Helmdon (Si Donal)

Save Me Jesus - around Blakesley and Towcester (David Guest)

Scratter - referring to Towcester - Ravenswood Junction section (Andrew Smith/ David Blagrove/Nigel Furness)

Slow, Miserable and Jolty - around Towcester (Robert Stephens)

Slow, Miserable and Jolting - around Blakesley (Dick Bodily)

Slow, Moulding and Joulting - around Stratford (Adrian Vaughan / Peter
Lewis)

Slow, Mournful Journey - around Stratford (John Jennings)

Smudge - around Stratford (John Jennings)

Strawberry and Marrow Jam - around Blisworth and Blakesley (Dick Bodily / George Coles)

 

 

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Comment by Dick Bodily on February 10, 2012 at 11:37

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