‘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' 

Gone but not forgotten: "the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth"


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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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Towcester Rural District Council Steam Roller - delivered by SMJ line to Towcester Station

Towcester Rural District Council Steam Roller - delivered by SMJ line to Towcester Station

Towcester RDC bought this vehicle new from Aveling & Porter in 1926. It was delivered by rail to Towcester LMS (formerly SMJR) station. It remained in service until 1959 being kept at the Brackley Road Council Depot next to the old workhouse. Its regular driver for many years was a Mr Leeson Lawrence. Later ownership passed to Northamptonshire County Council but it remained based at Towcester. The nearest other roller was based at Brackley. I almost certainly saw it in my childhood as I remember a steam roller being used outside my house in th early 50s. Owners Messrs R & N Emerton are anxious to find a photo of it working at Towcester.

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