‘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 Duncan Chandler on July 7, 2011 at 8:13
What a brilliant photo, are there any more gems like this of Towcester you have got to come?
Comment by Andy Thompson on July 6, 2011 at 20:45

Wow! I have seen images of the 'old' Lucas bridge, but this looks much newer! That sign looks as its just been put up. Anyone help?


Comment by Barry Taylor on July 5, 2011 at 9:11

All I can say is that it is probably 1960's (early) rather than 50's - the style of the sign also supports that I think. I've based that on the pic being contemporary with a few other shots that I have acquired over the years, that also have snow on the ground - and these are apparently 1960ish.



Comment by Dick Bodily on July 5, 2011 at 8:43
This a pretty useful picture, Barry. Any idea when it was taken as I seem to remember that at one time the other side of the bridge at least was black with white lettering possibly painted directly on rather than on a mounted board as here. The huge billboards can be seen, there were others on the other side of the bridge, one of which for a long while had on it the infamous black widow 'Keep death off the road' road safety poster as the bridge was a bad accident black spot as there was a blind junction for the Greens Norton road immediately the other side of the bridge which was made worse by a blind brow with no speed limit at all then to the A5 where the roundabout is now. 

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