‘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

Single track?

Would I be right in assuming that the SMJ was single track all the way apart from passing loops at the stations?Continue

Started by Nicholas Hemming Nov 12.

working timetables.

Hello,Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradshaws.Also, were parcels trains ever routed along the SMJ during BR days?Finally what was the intensity of freight…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson Nov 9.

SMJ maps and booklet 3 Replies

Hello, I live in Southern Alberta, Canada and I'm nearer to 80 than 70. Methinks it is time to reduce my railwayana before it is consigned to the trash. Heaven forbid! My model railway is set in about 1953 and based on a ficticious branch running…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson. Last reply by Steve Johns Nov 1.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 13 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Oct 25.

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Station Totems / running in boards

I look at the adverts for the railwayana auction houses and see various stations represented in totem form and I was wondering, how many of…

Started by GaryLatest Reply

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

Started by Robin CullupLatest Reply

Charity Railway trips over unusual track

Colleagues, Apologies for a 'hefty' post that is not SMJ related but is for charity and surely of interest to any railway enthusiast! Some…

Started by Dave HaywardLatest Reply

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Single track?

Would I be right in assuming that the SMJ was single track all the way apart from passing loops at the stations?

Started by Nicholas Hemming

0 Nov 12

working timetables.

Hello, Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradsha…

Started by Gordon Hopkinson

0 Nov 9

SMJ maps and booklet

Hello, I live in Southern Alberta, Canada and I'm nearer to 80 than 70. Methinks it is time to reduce my railwayana before it is consigned…

Started by Gordon Hopkinson

3 Nov 1
Reply by Steve Johns

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse. Does anyone know how this was operated?…

Started by Barry Taylor

13 Oct 25
Reply by Barry Taylor

1959 rail tour

Also full details and timings of this tour on --rail tours 1959-- website with some nice photos of 45091

Started by ray w

1 Oct 1
Reply by Simon Stevens

Sunday 9th August 1959 "Grafton " rail tour

Just found this ticket for above rail tour around East Midlands taking in Blisworth, Byfield and Woodford Halse, where 45091 was used. Ther…

Started by ray w

0 Sep 29

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP New…

Started by Simon Stevens

0 Sep 14

Bidford-on-Avon station photos

Hello folks - I'm interested in sourcing any historical photos of Bidford-on-Avon station and wondering if anyone here could help point me…

Started by Greg Wye

2 Aug 30
Reply by Greg Wye

Stored coaches

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire). There has been recent reference…

Started by Alan Brant

4 Aug 16
Reply by Ian Mathews

Concrete sleepers

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…

Started by Clive

2 Aug 1
Reply by Clive

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