‘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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Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Friday.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 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 Simon Stevens Sep 20.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

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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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Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train phot…

Started by Dick Bodily

0 on Friday

Salvaged track bolts

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under th…

Started by John Godwin

1 Sep 28
Reply by Dick Bodily

Planning Application for Binton Station Site

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

Started by Simon Stevens

8 Sep 20
Reply by Simon Stevens

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to…

Started by Simon Dunkley

0 Jun 27

Broom Junction station site for sale

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though! https://www.zoopla.co.uk/f

Started by Simon Stevens

1 May 17
Reply by Simon Stevens

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction?

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that…

Started by Dave Hayward

1 Apr 15
Reply by Robin Cullup

Turntable at Burton Dassett

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through…

Started by Mark Reader

4 Mar 29
Reply by Mark Reader

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great…

Started by John Jennings

11 Dec 15, 2017
Reply by Simon Stevens

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

Hi all I'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of the SMJ should be available in the near future - details are as follo…

Started by Barry Taylor

14 Nov 22, 2017
Reply by John Evans

Fenny Comptn

Hello I purchased the book « Track Layout Diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 » « Stratford-upon-Avon & Mi…

Started by Jack Freuville

0 Oct 16, 2017

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