‘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"


SMJ Forum

Video: Stratford-upon-Avon to Towcester

I have added a video to the site's video page.https://youtu.be/DHCoijWc_t0Continue

Tags: video

Started by Graham Ward Jul 28.

Binton Station

As I was in the vicinity this week I visited my old stamping ground of over sixty years ago, the former SMJ station at Binton. The former goods shed has been demolished, 24 upmarket dwellings have been constructed in the old yard and the former…Continue

Started by Paul Stratford Apr 23.

Would the GCR have gone via Towcester? 14 Replies

Looking through Mac Hawkins book on the GCR then and now, he mentions that the GCR were thinking of running a line connecting Brackley to Northampton and had provisionally made a mound ready for a platform to be later constructed but they dropped…Continue

Started by Gary. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 18.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 13 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Jim Goodman Apr 18.

SMJ photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Copyright free drawing of Blakesley Station.

Views: 202

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of The SMJ Society to add comments!

Join The SMJ Society

Comment by Dick Bodily on January 25, 2010 at 14:13

have another look at my map, ifound a couple of errors so I've drawn up a new version and deleted the one you commented on.

Comment by Dick Bodily on January 25, 2010 at 9:54
The BMR siding was worked by manual propulsion only! The passenger trains of earlier days only consisted of two bogies and were worked in reverse rather than having the engines run around, as you say there was no means of doing this.
Comment by Si Donal on January 24, 2010 at 16:01

Indeed you are correct. There was a pump, like a village well pump, that operated a tap and also filled the header tank for the toilets. I have a very clear picture of it from the Railway Modeller article. There was also one at Morton Pinkney but not at Byfield! There the header tank was not outside at all. The map you have drawn of the station area is much appreciated, especially the relationship between the SMJ and the Blakesley Hall Line. Interesting that there was no run-round, I assume the coaches were gravity shunted after arrival. I really must get Dr Tebbs book!
Comment by Dick Bodily on January 21, 2010 at 18:37
I've been speaking to the signalman today and he tells me that in LMS days there was also a handpump near to the firebucket rack. I think I have spotted it on the corner of the building in picture in 'Jordan' page 37.

© 2021   Created by Andy Thompson.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service