‘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

Walking the SMJ 4 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 27.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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Towcester Rural District Council Steam Roller - delivered by SMJ line to Towcester Station

Towcester Rural District Council Steam Roller - delivered by SMJ line to Towcester Station

Towcester RDC bought this vehicle new from Aveling & Porter in 1926. It was delivered by rail to Towcester LMS (formerly SMJR) station. It remained in service until 1959 being kept at the Brackley Road Council Depot next to the old workhouse. Its regular driver for many years was a Mr Leeson Lawrence. Later ownership passed to Northamptonshire County Council but it remained based at Towcester. The nearest other roller was based at Brackley. I almost certainly saw it in my childhood as I remember a steam roller being used outside my house in th early 50s. Owners Messrs R & N Emerton are anxious to find a photo of it working at Towcester.

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