‘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 5 Replies

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. Last reply by CLIVE BOARDMAN 7 hours ago.

DVD on the SMJ 2 Replies

HiI’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.This company is now out of business and cannot be called upon to get a copy.If possible, I would wish to…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by David Mead Nov 24.

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.

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Comment by Tony Newman on March 15, 2020 at 16:56

Busy scene isn't it? Not by way of people, but 'stuff' - infrastructure.

Comment by Dick Bodily on November 25, 2012 at 14:16

I think Gary's dates for the period when the bridge was demolished are about right. I can remember being taken as a school activity for an art drawing lesson at Towcester station sometime late in 1959 (or very early in 1960 at the latest) and we were warned to take care crossing the line as there was no longer a bridge. The down line had also been removed by then as had the canopy on the main building. I think that the strange (waterproofing!) tar like substance that resembled car underseal had been applied to the upper storey by then as well. Incidentally we were sketching at the station for a couple of hours middayish and there was not a train in sight. When we went back to school we had to compose a railway scene painting using what we had seen, somehow my version of Towcester managed to acquire Stratford upon Avon's GW station's canopy and a King class loco.

Comment by adrian vaughan on November 24, 2012 at 6:49

I have the negative for the Towcester station view above. It is very likely that Roger Carpenter was out with a friend on a whole day of photography at - in the true sense of the word - fabulous places.

Comment by NIGEL on November 23, 2012 at 21:19

Note also; 

As well as the footbridge missing - the station canopy is also.

Groom & Tattersall station works foundry site is right hand side middle of photo.

Comment by adrian vaughan on September 10, 2009 at 17:46
Poor old Towcester on the mysterious S&MJ.
Towcester's atmosphere reminds me of Swindon Town or Marlborough Low Level.
The place was full of ghosts.

Adrian.
Comment by Gary on September 10, 2009 at 17:38
Ah...
It helps to look closer doesn't it? There is no footbridge in this shot!

From what I can tell the footbridge was removed somewhere between July 1958 and early May 1960.
Comment by Gary on September 3, 2009 at 6:47
Right - found the picture - it is in the Middleton Press "Branch Lines Around Towcester" - picture 118. Taken by R S Carpenter it is dated as "around 1958" and is a view from the foot bridge.
Looking at the stock in both shots it is possibly taken the same day.
Comment by Gary on September 2, 2009 at 19:51
I think this photo was taken after the second line through the station was lifted and the loop was still in place. Would explain why the arm is missing from the gantry.
I have seen a picture somewhere this week where that trolley is on the barrow crossing/trolley ramp and not it's shed.
Makes for a good comparison shot with the one I took in Jan 2009.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 2, 2009 at 18:08
Nice detail of the Lucas bridge!
Andy

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