‘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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ex-SMJ regular on Heritage Railways DVD

With this month's Heritage Railway there's a DVD of the two preserved Great Central Railways made around 2000. Among the locos shown several times in action on both lines is 48305 which of course was a regular between Byfield and Blisworth on the…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Mar 10.

SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth 14 Replies

Adrian's recent photo of the SMJ platforms at Blisworth has started me thinking about the precise nature of the station arrangements there. I know that in the 1950's (when I were a lad ! ) the station building on the roadside opposite the Blisworth…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Mar 7.

Kineton Station 2 Replies

The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society's N gauge model of Kineton Station will be on display for the very first time at our annual exhibition at Leamington College on 4th & 5th March. Although no scenery has been added yet, the…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Mar 1.

A couple of interesting documents

A couple of interesting documentsIn my very small collection of SMJ documents I have these two which may be of interest to fellow members:1. E&WJR Schedule of Wagons Passing 1899…Continue

Started by John Cosford Feb 27.

SMJ Exhibition at Towcester Museum 4 Replies

I visited the Towcester museum on Sunday and just wanted to say how good I thought the exhibition was, the content was excellent and I particularly liked the model of Towcester Station.Well DoneContinue

Started by Mike Smith. Last reply by NIGEL Feb 17.

SMJR pictures on warwickshirerailways.com

I found this website the other day, I expect most of you are familiar with it, but I have put this link in in case like myself you were unaware of it. Some nice pictures of Stratford shed both in SMJ and LMS days plus Stratford Old Town and SMJ…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Feb 9.

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Dick Bodily commented on Gary's status
"Thanks Simon, that's interesting.  Strange though that BR didn't use their own staff / loco to do the work as they did with the rest of the system. Most of the SMJ was taken up with trains headed by Woodford 8Fs although Northampton…"
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Simon Dunkley commented on Gary's status
"It's an ex War Dept 600mm gauge Kerr, Stuart from WWI, which has been regauged (looks like new axles were fitted with the wheels outside) and some crude buffers added."
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Dick Bodily commented on Gary's status
"It must be an industrial loco, none of the departmental BR locos resembled it.  Any ideas anyone?"
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"Some photos on eBay apparently but this is new to me. Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/332163060755"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Robin Leslie Patrick
"Hell Robin, Great to have you with us. Do you have some memories or photos of your Blisworth experience? Peter"
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Dick Bodily commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Added to list "Northamptonshire Steam" - Michael Walsh (Rails 2016) - a short section on the SMJR with colour pictures by Tom Tomalin and others Dick Bodily 18/03/17"
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1 SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

Posted by Barry Taylor on September 21, 2009

2 Kineton Station

Kineton Station

Posted by Mark Reader on February 22, 2017

3 ex-SMJ regular on Heritage Railways DVD

ex-SMJ regular on Heritage Railways DVD

Posted by Dick Bodily on March 10, 2017


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