‘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

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 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

Tags: of, Honour, Roll, War, SMJR

Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 14 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 Nov 22, 2017.

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

Barry Taylor replied Mar 29 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

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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 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

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"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

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Reply by John Evans

"Thanks Jim - pleased that you like the book. Vol1 was somewhat difficult to illustra…"

Barry Taylor replied Sep 4, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

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"Encouraging to see someone already looking for Vol 2 with Vol 1 still hot off the pr…"

Barry Taylor replied Aug 24, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

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Reply by John Evans

"Arrived in the warehouse at Lydney late on Thursday 17th apparently - so first shipm…"

Barry Taylor replied Aug 21, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

14 Nov 22, 2017
Reply by John Evans

"There will be two volumes - Vol 1 covers the early days - NBJR EWJR ST&MJR and E…"

Barry Taylor replied Aug 4, 2017 to Barry's SMJ book

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Reply by Dick Bodily

"Hi Dick Thanks for the mention - I know that there are one or two adverts out there…"

Barry Taylor replied Jul 31, 2017 to Barry's SMJ book

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Reply by Dick Bodily

"Hi Simon Difficult one. Blisworths second station was built in this position at some…"

Barry Taylor replied Mar 2, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

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Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Good question! The "proposed" reservoir was never proceeded with but the road did ge…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 30, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

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