‘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 on Friday.

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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At 14:58 on March 10, 2011, John Whitehead said…

Blimey Andy, that was quick!


Don't know Will Caton but I've scrolled through the list of members and see Tony Marsh who I think runs the Blisworth village history web site's a member. I'll record a few memories shortly.

At 12:38 on February 14, 2011, Richard Keyte said…
Hi Andy, thank you for all your efforts, you have done a great job. I look forward to seeing your e-mails and it has been a revelation expanding my knowledge of the SMJ, regards Richard
At 19:19 on January 21, 2011, Kevin Moore said…
Thanks Andy, I have a rare sunday off, any idea if there are any places left on the line tour on Sunday 23rd, Kevin
At 0:22 on December 15, 2010, John Evans said…

Hi Andy

I am sending an SMJ Christmas card this year and would love to send you one. Could you send your address to  john.evans777@yahoo.com


and I'll do the rest. Best wishes


At 14:02 on November 20, 2010, Tony Marsh said…
Thanks Andy, and I notice a fresh article by you on the mining "connections" to the SMJ line near the first four bridges working up from Blisworth. I got a bit confused. It has been a while since I walked the track, avoiding fallen trees etc., but I recall that each bridge is justified in terms of either giving on-going access for a farmer to a cutoff part of his farm or simply a road or footpath in common use. Wheldon, as I recall, makes use of a footpath or farm trackway and in the side of the cutting there are substantial profiles cut out of the earth to accommodate some sort of timbered tipping gear to tranship direct to wagons on the SMJ (or a siding thereon). Anyway, I would like to look again at what you say with the help of a 1900 OS map, blown up to 1000 pixels square, with fields 1 and 2 marked and with bridge numbers marked etc. Sorry to seem a bit slow here. Tony
At 8:59 on November 6, 2010, Brian Elphick said…
Thanks for the welcome, I have looked at this site any times and thought I really should join. I live in Towcester and have just started an N gauge model of the station in my loft. So will proberbly be pestering everyone for pictures and info. The only thing I have so far which I haven't seen on here are ratings plans of Towcester station that I obtained from Railtrack in Birmingham, if these are of interest to you or anyone else let me know.
At 22:33 on October 5, 2010, John Evans said…
Thanks very much. When I get my color stuff going I will have some more interesting pix, but they are still in the UK. It's likely to be next year...
At 20:52 on September 7, 2010, jamie scott gardner said…
Thank you Andy!
At 20:08 on August 31, 2010, Andrew Smith said…
Thank you
At 7:14 on July 22, 2010, Jack Freuville said…
Hi Andy

I thought I was already in your lists a long time ago as I regularly recieve your mails

Best regards

Jack Freuville
At 18:58 on July 4, 2010, George Coles said…
Andy, there are 20 pages on Gayton Quarries, and another 38 on the other Blisworth Quarries. Rather a lot to precis, but if you like, I'll do one of the Gayton Quarries section during the coming winter months. You may find a copy of the book in your local library - N'pton Library Service had at least one copy the last time I looked.
At 11:07 on July 3, 2010, David Ford said…
Sorry, I can't add any more to the story of 672's chimney. I heard it from Jeff probably in the 70s and he was a senior hand at Watford then, and though I always find it a bit of a shock to realise most of those old boys will be dead and gone by now. What I should have asked is what they did with the chimney, did they heave it up onto the footplate and take it back to Watford with them ?
At 0:52 on June 24, 2010, Alan J Pack said…
I'm not really very knowledgable about railways - I once had the job of overseeing the winching of a saddle tanker onto a low loader in the area just in front of the loco sheds in your picture, and that's about it. It was quite hairy because the loco was in danger of being derailed, I remember. The men knew a lot more than I did !!!
At 10:34 on June 23, 2010, Alan J Pack said…
Hi Andy,
I am currently writing a website on Irthlingbough mine. The traffic from Irthlingborough went SMJ route to Ebbw Vale so you and the members might be interested in that. The URL is http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/apack1 or if you type into Google, Irthlingborough mines, that will take you to a Welsh mining site with a link. I am also currently involvd in a planning dispute which is taking me away from much needed gardening so it may be sometime before I can do anything, I have identified the buildings from Google street view for you

Don't know if it will come across this way
At 19:54 on June 12, 2010, alwyn sparrow said…
Likewise I enjoyed meeting yourself and other members who attended today event. A very pleasant few hours spent reminiscenting the old days on the S.M.J thankyou.
At 22:42 on June 9, 2010, alwyn sparrow said…
Thanks Andy I'll certainly be there on Saturday along with a few relevant items for our display.
At 20:36 on May 20, 2010, Bernard Hefford said…
Thank Andy I will remember that next time I visit my Mother who lives near Northamotn, can only afford to go to Northampton aera about three tmes a year
In caae you are wondering I live in Northampton upto 1965 and used SMJ many times during that time

At 18:59 on May 10, 2010, alwyn sparrow said…
Thanks Andy I look forward to meeting you and other members at Stoke Bruerne in June
At 9:03 on February 18, 2010, ray wake said…
Let me have details of your Kettering talk.I will come along if i am free

Ray Wake
At 21:03 on November 25, 2009, Rob Gullen said…
Ah, I know Vic quite well - he's involved with our Shakespokes cycling initiative too.


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