‘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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A photograph on the section between Ravenstone Wood and Towcester - this is a shot by J E Kite taken near Roade, probably from the bridge near the white water tower with the Hartwell road bridge in the background. It is a Towcester Races special (St Pancras to Towcester) and is almost certainly on an Easter Monday. The loco is "3F" 3424 which was based at Leicester and Wigston in the late 1920s/early 1930s.

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Comment by Robin Cullup on September 9, 2010 at 11:44
Correction - the loco is 3474, not 3424 as I originally thought. This is more likely as 3474 was a Bedford engine for much of its life and certainly at this time - Easter Monday 1930 according to one informant. The engine lasted until March 1961, and no doubt worked over this section many times from Bedford.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 2, 2010 at 21:00
Very nice Robin! Andy

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