‘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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"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
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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

4 Apr 27, 2017
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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

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
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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

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
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"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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