‘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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1964 train register book from Towcester. 4 Replies

I've uploaded a couple of pages from a 1964 train register book i have..https://www.flickr.com/photos/32297024@N08/24706598791/What was the status of the lines around Towcester at…Continue

Started by Richard Pike. Last reply by Richard Pike on Saturday.

Memories 5 Replies

As a child, back in the 1950's, I constantly visited the SMJ Old Town Station in Stratford on Avon. A friend of mine's father was a fireman on the GWR and his 0-6-0 Collett was, I believe shedded there? I can remember having a cab ride from the old…Continue

Started by Phil Street. Last reply by John Jennings Jan 23.

Motor Trolley Workings 4 Replies

I have recently been transcribing the 1949 Freight Working Time Table for the SM&JR route  from copies taken of the volume in the National Archives into a spreadsheet, with the intent of merging this with the Passenger WTT for the same period so…Continue

Started by Nick Meredith. Last reply by alwyn sparrow Jan 21.

SMJ Rulebook 5 Replies

I see that an old SMJ rulebook from 1919 went for £133 on e-bay today.Anyone on here the lucky purchaser?SMJ…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Nick Meredith Jan 20.

Bridge near weedon lois 5 Replies

Been out along route today stopped at bridge over line near here its got a very long parapet and looking over the line has large area around it anyone havwe any pics or info on itContinue

Started by steve lush. Last reply by Dick Bodily Jan 19.

Article in the Meccano Magazine (Aug 1956) describing the SMJR Railtour 5 Replies


Started by Robin Cullup. Last reply by Robin Cullup Jan 16.

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NIGEL commented on NIGEL's photo

Blisworth SMJ station site.

"Would be nice if it were ex-SMJ, I suspect that it is highly unlikely."
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Blisworth SMJ station site.

Inside the cattle landing site with ivy covered fencing on left and right.Rear left is a broken 5-bar gate with substantial wooden posts, complete with catch.
Tony Goff commented on Tony Goff's status
"I seem to have a max. 140 characters so makes conversation difficult!  Charwelton another favourite for character but top is Nassington!  I was in quarrying - chalk, sand & gravel. Have Tonks books - great resource.  Also have…"
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"Hi Tony, Sorry for the delay. I have an interest in the ironstone industry having worked in the industry. My interest in Byfield was the SMJ, but I am intrigued by the weekly tonnage produced by the pit. I know that the stone produced here was not…"
Richard Pike replied to Richard Pike's discussion '1964 train register book from Towcester.'
"There is not much written about what happened to lines after closure. I'd always imagined Blisworth being the point rails retreated to but Woodford makes sense. It was almost dead itself and lots of spare…"
Dick Bodily replied to Richard Pike's discussion '1964 train register book from Towcester.'
"Richard,  Between the closure and 8th November the track was being progressively lifted westwards from the Blisworth end by PW trains accessing the closed line by reversal at Woodford West Junction. The trains were hauled by…"
Richard Pike replied to Richard Pike's discussion '1964 train register book from Towcester.'
"The last entry is 8 November 1964. The later the entry the less detailed it is. Some entries have notes like 'materials' and the are other comments like Ravenstone Wood line."
Feb 4
Dick Bodily replied to Richard Pike's discussion '1964 train register book from Towcester.'
"Although official closure from Blisworth Ironstone to Woodford West was 2nd February 1964 it is believed that Woodford West pickups trains stopped running about a month earlier. 2-2-3 code might have involved collecting wagonsstored on the former…"
Feb 4

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