‘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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Here's that train again, last seen at Towcester in Coronation Year.

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Comment by adrian vaughan on September 17, 2009 at 17:22
Dick - you are 24 carat gold. Thank you very much for the info.

Adrian.
Comment by Dick Bodily on September 17, 2009 at 14:32
Comment by Dick just now CORRECTING PREVIOUS COMMENT

Adrian

I was completely wrong about it being Coronation Day. This and the Towcester picture were in fact of the last N&BJR train on Saturday 30th June 1951. It was much photographed with a Union Jack on the 4Fs tender (No 44204) but Jenkin's book states that the single carriage (M20264) carried a Royal Standard. Many apologies for leading everyone up the garden path with this by not carefully checking my sources. These are the only pictures I have seen of the carriage with the Royal Standard. Incidentally this is the other end of the coach from the Towcester picture so either there were two flags or more likely it was moved to the other end of the coach.

Dick

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