‘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 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 Barry Taylor on August 9, 2009 at 12:13
Great stuff Andy - that really puts the whole thing into perspective. Now all we need is a shot of the other side !
Comment by Andy Thompson on August 8, 2009 at 17:00

Side by side
Comment by Andy Thompson on August 8, 2009 at 16:59

Superimpose ancient & modern 2009 Andy
Comment by Gary on August 8, 2009 at 13:43
Comment by Gary on August 8, 2009 at 13:26
This picture I took in somewhere between 88-96 (see link) is looking from the other side of the road at the point where the lorry is.

Fantastic picture Barry, I have never seen a side view of this bridge - it has appeared to have been most ellusive.

Andy I have a comparison shot of yours & I will up load it very soon.
Comment by Dick Bodily on August 2, 2009 at 11:09

Those houses you mentioned were in Tiffield parish and formed an approved school for delinquent youths. It was always refered to as Tiffield School.

Comment by Barry Taylor on August 1, 2009 at 17:46
Hi all - well this one certainly raised a few comments ! I should really have been a bit more accurate with my description - when I described it as 'Tiffield' I was thinking of the few houses and school that are just off the A43 main road rather than the village of Tiffield itself . As you have correctly identified, it is the one halfway between Blisworth and Towcester on the A43 - according to my source of the photo it was 'demolished in 1966 and the embankments graded back' . Looking at the site nowadays that is quite an understatement !
Comment by Dick Bodily on August 1, 2009 at 11:49

According to the spreadsheet the A5 bridge was 12, the A43 one was 150. The A43 bridge was much more skewed than the A5 one. When the railway still existed the A43 ran on a different route from Silverstone village, through the traffic light comtrolled cross roads that still exists at the north end of Towcester's shops on Watling Street, joining the present route near the site of the bridge 150. I think north of the traffic lights it is still called Northampton Road and is nowadays the access road to Toby's estate. Equally confusingly Hulcote is sometimes called Easton Neston.

Comment by Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 21:31
Comment by Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 21:19

A map with modern overlay featuring location of bridge 12

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