‘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 12 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 on Monday.

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 Sep 14.

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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"Not as dramatic from a railway point of view but very tragic, three USAF Flying Fort…"

Dick Bodily replied Jan 27 to Aircraft crash

8 Feb 16
Reply by Jack Freuville

"Don, try these links to pictures well back on the website. The sign is in the bar a…"

Dick Bodily replied Dec 21, 2019 to Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign

2 Dec 21, 2019
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"Andy probably won't be able to make it. a lot on tomorrow Dick"

Dick Bodily replied Oct 10, 2019 to Towcester station sign unvieling

1 Oct 10, 2019
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"This is a new one on me, however a few were allocated to Bedford at different times…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 26, 2019 to Fowler 3F 2-6-2T

2 Sep 26, 2019
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"There's a photo of ganger  A Campion at Kineton on Page 94 of Jordan's SMJR book and…"

Dick Bodily replied Jun 24, 2019 to The Campion Family: SMJ employees

5 Jul 25, 2019
Reply by David Campion

"Interestingly the 1916 Appendix mentions the 20mph restriction at Ravenstone Wood ju…"

Dick Bodily replied Feb 1, 2019 to Line Speed

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Gary, I should think that the unfitted nature of the vast majority of the freights o…"

Dick Bodily replied Jan 29, 2019 to Line Speed

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Barry is to be congratulated on completing his epic definitive work on the SMJ with…"

Dick Bodily replied Dec 1, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Bridge Number 14 There's a list of bridge nos if you click on INDEX link at the top…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 28, 2018 to Salvaged track bolts

1 Sep 28, 2018
Reply by Dick Bodily

"Have only just got hold of a copy.  Barry has done a superlative job of covering the…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 23, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
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