‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

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"Photographs of the train, perhaps one of the most 'refined' that ever passed along S…"

Dave Hayward replied Apr 28 to Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway

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"Thanks to everybody for their interest and responses, unfortunately the photograph o…"

Dave Hayward replied Dec 29, 2020 to Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway

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"Andy, I did reply elsewhere that I would subscribe but note comments above. I also a…"

Dave Hayward replied Sep 22, 2016 to Dear SMJ site member

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Dave Hayward replied Apr 6, 2015 to Accomodation Bridge near Claydon

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Dave Hayward replied Nov 6, 2014 to North End and Warwick Road stations?

57 Jan 27
Reply by Richard Maund

"Alwyn I was very interested to see mention of this book as I was at Kineton from 62…"

Dave Hayward replied Nov 6, 2014 to North End and Warwick Road stations?

57 Jan 27
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"Andy/ Paul I just had a thought regarding the logo and did an internet search for th…"

Dave Hayward replied Nov 6, 2014 to Helmdon

23 Nov 16, 2014
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"John It was organised by the Branch Line Society in conjunction with Chiltern Railwa…"

Dave Hayward replied Aug 20, 2014 to Have a look at my Blogpost re this Saturday

5 Sep 17, 2014
Reply by Richard Heacock

"Did anybody else do yesterday's railtrip onto the SMJ? In case not it was very succe…"

Dave Hayward replied Aug 3, 2014 to Have a look at my Blogpost re this Saturday

5 Sep 17, 2014
Reply by Richard Heacock

"If you are a member of the Branch Line Society one of the older members might have b…"

Dave Hayward replied Jan 9, 2013 to Re: 44186 at Fenny Compton 24.4.1955

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