‘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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SMJ Forum

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens on Friday.

Burton Dassett Cableway

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward Jan 20.

Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Nicholas Hemming Dec 30, 2020.

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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
Reply by Dick Bodily

"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
Reply by Dick Bodily

"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

4 Apr 27, 2017
Reply by alan wilson

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

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

3 Apr 7, 2017
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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

3 Apr 7, 2017
Reply by Dick Bodily

"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

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"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?

10 Jan 14, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

"Gary, I was looking at some photos of Blakesley in one of the late Doug Blake's loc…"

Dick Bodily replied Oct 17, 2016 to Station Totems / running in boards

9 Nov 4, 2016
Reply by Rob Davidson

"Yes you are right Paul, my mistake"

Dick Bodily replied Aug 3, 2016 to SMJ Staff

4 Aug 3, 2016
Reply by Dick Bodily

"Lee and Nigel, I think there is a distinction between linesman and platelayer. I bel…"

Dick Bodily replied Jul 19, 2016 to SMJ Staff

4 Aug 3, 2016
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