‘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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MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 10 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 Ian Merivale yesterday.

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…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens on Monday.

Bidford-on-Avon station photos 2 Replies

Hello folks - I'm interested in sourcing any historical photos of Bidford-on-Avon station and wondering if anyone here could help point me in the right direction? (There are a few on…Continue

Started by Greg Wye. Last reply by Greg Wye Aug 30.

Stored coaches 4 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 Ian Mathews Aug 16.

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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…

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

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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…

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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

10 yesterday
Reply by Ian Merivale

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 on Monday

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

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

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…

Started by Jim Goodman

11 Jun 11
Reply by Mark Reader

The Roade Connection

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 sta…

Started by peter fleming

2 May 19
Reply by Richard Denny

Way in

Hi there I hope you are all in good health. A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton. Apparently, these station…

Started by Jack Freuville

0 Mar 29

Byfield station woodwork colour

Hi, as anyone any idea what colour the doors would have been on the station building. I have a vague recollection that they were a maroonis…

Started by Clive

0 Mar 21

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield statio…

Started by Clive

2 Mar 21
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