‘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"
Just sitting here looking at a picture (of an old postcard in a book) of Towcester and it is mentioning the dates of the lines opening and it got me wondering, What was the layout at Towcester before the lines to Banbury and Stratford were added?…Continue
Some SMJ news folks:The SMJ Bridge 170 on the Olney Branch, which crosses Quinton road near Salcey Forest, is currently in the process of being demolished. The actual bridge itself was lifted in the late 60's, but the abutments on both sides and…Continue
Started by Richard Woods. Last reply by Barry Taylor Dec 2.
I've acquired Simon Dunkley's S scale E&W / SMJ items and aim to build a small layout to use them on.More on this on this - another time.I'm interested to know if there is a list of PO Wagons (Pre Group era) that called the SMJ home? IE Wagons…Continue
Started by Kelvin White. Last reply by Roger Whiffin Dec 1.
"If you could alter the text it would then be accurate. The only photo I have seen of Grandad is the one in Arthur Jordan's book. My brother may have some, but most of the family archives he has are in storage in North Lincolnshire, so that may…"
"44522 was a long term Northampton then Nuneaton engine from mid '62, much more likely! Do you want me to alter the text to 44522? The 4Fs that I recall seeing most often were 44219 and 44242 on the Stratford pickup, while 8F 48305 ( now…"
"Quite happy for you or someone else with more IT skills than myself to create a webpage. Also nice to know that the spirit of the SMJ lives on with Mr Dines' daughter marrying the son of Blakeley's signalman.
Just noticed that it will be fifty years on 3rd February 2014 since the Woodford West-Blisworth Ironstone Mine section closed completely. Wonder if Tesco could be persuaded to put a plaque up to commemorate it? Does anyone know when the last…See More
Bridge 170 is now totally demolished. The M1 is in the background, with the concrete over bridge no. 169A, now used as access for the wind turbine site on the far side. Note the new road junction on the right. View taken on embankment in same…