‘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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Comment by Gary on August 18, 2009 at 20:40
Apparently (according to Branch Lines Around Towcester - Middleton Press - pic 17.) the new canopy was in place in August 1964 and made of white asbestos but no reason other than vn traffic is given.
Comment by Peter Fleming on August 17, 2009 at 21:24
This picture does seem to indicate the new canopy at the SMJ station, which appears to be occupied by parcels vans at this time. Perhaps surprisingly as this was something to do with the rebuilding of Euston (I think) which was over by 1967.
Comment by Dick Bodily on August 14, 2009 at 8:11
When D3059 was used on the pickupat least once it was allocated to Welligborough. I believe the 12000 series diesel was actually allocated to 2E.
Comment by Peter Fleming on August 13, 2009 at 23:17
This was the only diesel shunter I saw at Blisworth on the SMJ, but 1967 (not dated but early summer) would only be months before complete closure of the remaining stub to the ironstone quarry. I only went there rarely at this time.

I suppose a shunter could easily handle a string of trucks to the exchange sidings.

Before Northampton shed closed in September 1965 I don't suppose a shunter would have been seen as they never had any (although seemed to borrow from Rugby). I wonder where it came from? It would cause delays on the main line!
Comment by Dick Bodily on August 13, 2009 at 20:41

Good to see some pictures of the SMJ when it was working. I lived only a quarter of a mile from it yet only took one picture which is in this photo collection somewhere.( Super D at Blakesley)
I'm particularly interested in this photo of the shunter. Do you know if diesel shunters regularly worked at Blisworth or is this one of the rare occasions when one worked the morning pick up goods. I saw D3059, which is preserved somewhere in Scotland, at Blakesley sometime in 1961 and also saw a 12000series locoon another occasion and wondered if this shunter is in fact D3059.
Dick Bodily

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