‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Evesham Redditch & Stratford-upon-Avon Junction Railway 8 Replies

Did this railway (as opposed to the East & West Junction Railway) go into receivership - if so, when. And when did it come out of receivership?Continue

Started by Richard Maund. Last reply by Richard Maund Feb 11.

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

Barry Taylor replied Apr 29, 2020 to Stored coaches

4 Aug 16, 2020
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"According to the BR Sectional Appendix to the Working Timetables (Midland Div) for O…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 29, 2019 to Line Speed

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"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

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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

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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
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"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
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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, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

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"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
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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

24 Dec 1, 2018
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"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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