‘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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Concrete sleepers 2 Replies

I've been looking at the trackwork at Byfield station and it looks like concrete sleepers (late 50's). Would this be correct? If so, would the points still be wooden sleepers?Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Clive on Saturday.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 11 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Mark Reader Jun 11.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue

Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.

Stored coaches 3 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Alan Brant Apr 30.

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BR 9F 2-10-0 No 92205 waits for ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201 to clear the single line from Stratford upon Avon.

Photographer TE Williams

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Comment by mike musson on May 10, 2017 at 9:02

British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92205 waits in the south curve loop for ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201 to clear the single line from Stratford upon Avon on 15th May 1960. The south curve was opened on 27th September 1942 which immediately removed the time consuming need to reverse at Broom station, a practice which had occurred from the day the line opened in 1873. The Austerity is displaying Class H headlamps, one above the other with the bottom lamp in the centre of the bufferbeam. The 9F was returning to the Oxfordshire ironstone sidings at Cropredy at was carrying Class F headlamps as seen in image 'smj_brm395'. Despite its dirty condition, No 92205 is only a year old having been built by Swindon works in May 1959. As with most British Railways locomotives, No 92205 was to have a short working life being withdrawn from 56A Wakefield shed in June 1967 to be scrapped by Draper's of Hull.

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