‘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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This shows a local historian exploring Byfield, about 25 - 30 mins into it he looks at the site of Byfield stationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUkTcCWk4YkThis shows steam on the Paddington…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Saturday.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 24 Replies

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

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Dec 1.

John Jennings

Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a look…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson Nov 28.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 12 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

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Jim Brown Nov 23.

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

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

24 Dec 1
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"Bridge Number 14 There's a list of bridge nos if you click on INDEX link at the top…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 28 to Salvaged track bolts

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"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
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"Cheers Barry, I'm sure a lot of SMJR Society members will be interested"

Dick Bodily replied Aug 4, 2017 to Barry's SMJ book

4 Aug 4, 2017
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"How many volumes are planned, Barry? And will it cover LMS and BR days eventually?"

Dick Bodily replied Aug 3, 2017 to Barry's SMJ book

4 Aug 4, 2017
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"I seem to remember that in BR days these signs showed vestiges of white background b…"

Dick Bodily replied Apr 27, 2017 to Trespasser sign

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"Alwyn Couldn't get link to work, webpage expired message. Dick"

Dick Bodily replied Apr 7, 2017 to New book with SMJ interest

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"Barry Have added this to the SMJ Books and Magazine Articles page. Very sorry to hea…"

Dick Bodily replied Apr 6, 2017 to New book with SMJ interest

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"Simon, Barry. There were several Dunkley families in Towcester in the '60s, there pr…"

Dick Bodily replied Mar 7, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

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"During the construction of the Great Central a very steeply graded temporary link wa…"

Dick Bodily replied Dec 23, 2016 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

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