‘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

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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ex-LBSCR 'A1X' . as EHLR No.1 on 18/10/30.Note 'EHLR' on tanks side.
Photographer Dr. Jack Hollick

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Comment by adrian vaughan on September 11, 2009 at 18:02
Hello Gary,

Well - I'm not an LMS person at all and I stand to be corrected - but - judging form the image of the ancient negative I would have said it was in maroon livery. It does not give the impression, the the picture, that it is black.
Comment by Gary on September 11, 2009 at 16:41
What colour would this loco have been?
(Apart from grubby?)

Apparently No.1 was LBSCR 673 "Deptford" and No.2 formerly 674 "Shadwell"
Comment by adrian vaughan on September 11, 2009 at 14:56
Dr. Jack would be very pleased to know his pictures give so much pleasure.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 11, 2009 at 13:25
I've seen a painting of this one! Oh, Gary, the time machines already booked!
Comment by Gary on September 10, 2009 at 18:46
Oh for a time machine....

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