‘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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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.

Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

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 the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 Replies

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 War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

Tags: of, Honour, Roll, War, SMJR

Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.


Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Nov 22, 2017.

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"On a group on Facebook regarding the GCR and the remains, the fact that the platform…"

Gary replied Jan 10, 2017 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

10 Jan 14, 2017
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"It would appear indeed that they had a potential vested interest Dick. A quick look…"

Gary replied Jan 1, 2017 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

10 Jan 14, 2017
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"I initially thought that too Jim but the difference in elevation between the two sta…"

Gary replied Dec 21, 2016 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

10 Jan 14, 2017
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"Cheers Nigel. You know I have looked at that view many times, even photographed it m…"

Gary replied Dec 20, 2016 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

10 Jan 14, 2017
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"Finally managed to get to see the exhibition last weekend.It is a brilliant piece of…"

Gary replied Dec 16, 2016 to Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition

12 Dec 16, 2016
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"I hope the exhibition is on for a while as I will be "working" Abingdon airshow that…"

Gary replied Feb 18, 2016 to Your museum needs you!

6 May 25, 2016
Reply by Dick Bodily

"There was a hut for a similar trolley at the Woodford Junction too. It is visible in…"

Gary replied Jan 21, 2016 to Motor Trolley Workings

5 Mar 7, 2016
Reply by Nick Meredith

"The station is Byfield isn't it?Great bit of history. "

Gary replied Jan 16, 2016 to Article in the Meccano Magazine (Aug 1956) describing the SMJR Railtour

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"Which road was it?Your description leads me to suspect it maybe one of the Great Cen…"

Gary replied Jan 16, 2016 to Bridge near weedon lois

5 Jan 19, 2016
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"Sorry I can't help you Steven but sounds an interesting DVD Jim... If possible any c…"

Gary replied Jun 18, 2014 to Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom

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