‘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

Single track?

Would I be right in assuming that the SMJ was single track all the way apart from passing loops at the stations?Continue

Started by Nicholas Hemming Nov 12.

working timetables.

Hello,Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradshaws.Also, were parcels trains ever routed along the SMJ during BR days?Finally what was the intensity of freight…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson Nov 9.

SMJ maps and booklet 3 Replies

Hello, I live in Southern Alberta, Canada and I'm nearer to 80 than 70. Methinks it is time to reduce my railwayana before it is consigned to the trash. Heaven forbid! My model railway is set in about 1953 and based on a ficticious branch running…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson. Last reply by Steve Johns Nov 1.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 13 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 Barry Taylor Oct 25.

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" I have found another reference to Morton Pinkney Gatehouse Crossing in Bill Kendall…"

Barry Taylor replied Oct 25 to MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING

13 Oct 25
Reply by Barry Taylor

"Hi Alan I was the author of the article which mentioned the stored coaches on the SM…"

Barry Taylor replied Apr 29 to Stored coaches

4 Aug 16
Reply by Ian Mathews

"According to the BR Sectional Appendix to the Working Timetables (Midland Div) for O…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 29, 2019 to Line Speed

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Hi Jim Unfortunately this is one of the few EWJ/SMJ files at Kew that I haven't look…"

Barry Taylor replied Dec 21, 2018 to The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

14 Dec 21, 2018
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"Pleased to say that Vol 2 made its debut at the NEC Warley show on Saturday - and se…"

Barry Taylor replied Nov 26, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Yep - noticed that Lightmoor now have it on their website, so they seem confident ab…"

Barry Taylor replied Nov 7, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Not quite folks! The book was finalised in mid-October and my latest information fro…"

Barry Taylor replied Nov 6, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Hi Mark Having checked my notes my main references appear to be from Eric Tonks, in…"

Barry Taylor replied Mar 29, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
Reply by Mark Reader

"Hi Mark I don't have any doubt that the turntable was actually provided. I have a fe…"

Barry Taylor replied Mar 20, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
Reply by Mark Reader

"Thank you Dick - that's a great review! It will be interesting to see what the vario…"

Barry Taylor replied Sep 23, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
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