‘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 5 Replies

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

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DVD on the SMJ 2 Replies

HiI’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.This company is now out of business and cannot be called upon to get a copy.If possible, I would wish to…Continue

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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

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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

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Coaching stock that had been stored on the SMJ Olney branch on Bedford - Northampton line at Hardingstone Junction in June 1960

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Comment by Dick Bodily on November 18, 2009 at 16:02

48751 (Nuneaton) or more likely 48757 ( Rugby) are both candidates if there was a number taking misidentification, bearing in mind how some people write their '7's.

Comment by Barry Taylor on November 18, 2009 at 13:38
Hi Dick
My understanding is that the train originated at Northampton, rather than from the Midland line. I base this on a memory of the photographer (he's now no longer with us) saying that he had been told of the working and therefore presented himself at H/stone Junction accordingly - he would have got this info from the local grapevine as we knew one or two drivers/firemen at Northampton. 48151 seems to have been at Canklow from at least 1955 though to 1962 - although it would not be unknown for us to get one of theirs occasionally on shed. 48090 was certainly one of ours for a long time The other possibility is that its not 48151 at all - as I have mentioned, the photographer was not the best at keeping accurate records and we have noticed a few other bits of doubtful info in his lists and on the backs of prints.............!
Comment by Dick Bodily on November 18, 2009 at 12:50

Do you know if 48151 actually go from the Bedford line onto the SMJ at Ravenstone to fetch the carriages. I've got it as a Canklow engine in the Summer 1960 locoshed book, but the number's familiar was it a Northampton, Wellingborough or Bletchley loco at some point?


Comment by Barry Taylor on November 11, 2009 at 10:02
48090 and 48151 coming off the Bedford line at Hardingstone junction east of Northampton, with a full load of condemned coaches from storage on the SMJ Ravenstone to Roade section. Date ? June 1960

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