‘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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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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Just seen this photo on ebay:-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/332048157752?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649...

Not a location, or vehicle, I recognise. I can see a diamond shape cast iron sign on the bridge that looks familiar. Any thoughts?

Jim.

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If you look at the back of the postcard it states ' Kinnerley Junction  S & M Jn Rly.'

This is on the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway.........sorry to disappoint, but it does have a connection with the SMJR......Colonel Stephens !!!

Thanks Nigel, I didn't see the reverse photo. I knew it wasn't our railway though, I'll let them know.

Jim.

The group photo at Burton Dassett, with Bridge 66 over the single line track and siding, is interesting.

Although not dated the bridge looks to have been rebuilt as the brickwork seems new.

Note the weeds in the siding area, and the old diamond sign near the bridge.

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Bridge 66 group photo at Burton Dassett on ebay



NIGEL said:

The group photo at Burton Dassett, with Bridge 66 over the single line track and siding, is interesting.

Although not dated the bridge looks to have been rebuilt as the brickwork seems new.

Note the weeds in the siding area, and the old diamond sign near the bridge.

This train with reporting number W710 was a special run by the Birmingham Locomotive Club on 14.7.1951 and the loco was "4F" 44057. The route was B'ham New St - Northampton - Olney (reverse) - SMJ to Towcester - Woodford Halse (two reversals), then Stratford, Broom Jcn and New St.  

There were photo-stops at various locations as well as a visit to Woodford Halse shed. Quite a trip.

Robin Cullup

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