‘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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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

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

Broom Junction station site for sale

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 Dec 11, 2017.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction?

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 Nov 24, 2017.


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.

Fenny Comptn

HelloI purchased the book « Track Layout Diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 » « Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Jcn Rly » by R.A.Cooke ISBN 10 :1 871674 20 4N page 29/9 on the 1903 track plan it shows a goods shed at…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Oct 16, 2017.

Albert Fennell (GCR driver and former Woodford fireman) retires

On Sunday 8th October ex- Woodford fireman Albert Fennell who fired several times…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Oct 10, 2017.

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"I can categorically confirm that apart from the demolition trains the very last work…"

John Jennings replied May 25, 2016 to The very last train at Stratford Old Town Station [SMJ]

8 May 26, 2016
Reply by Richard Maund

"I am pretty certain that Towcester was the only ex SMJ station to have a BR totem, t…"

John Jennings replied Mar 13, 2016 to Station Totems / running in boards

9 Nov 4, 2016
Reply by Rob Davidson

"The GWR 2251 class locos that regularly visited Stratford Old Town yards were never…"

John Jennings replied Jan 23, 2016 to Memories

5 Jan 23, 2016
Reply by John Jennings

"The 1919 Rule Book is the standard RCH rulebook that nearly all of the pre group com…"

John Jennings replied Jan 18, 2016 to SMJ Rulebook

6 Dec 26, 2016
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"For the record the Collet 2251 locos were always based at the former GWR loco shed j…"

John Jennings replied Jun 14, 2015 to Memories

5 Jan 23, 2016
Reply by John Jennings

"Although there are a lot of sources available and Dick has already pointed you in th…"

John Jennings replied Sep 25, 2014 to Books

6 Sep 28, 2014
Reply by Dick Bodily

"Simon I have found one image of the Arrow river bridge. It negative 7496 in the T E…"

John Jennings replied May 27, 2014 to Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom

5 Jun 18, 2014
Reply by Gary

" Simon Sorry for a late reply but it has taken me sometime to check whether any ima…"

John Jennings replied May 13, 2014 to Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom

5 Jun 18, 2014
Reply by Gary

"Further to photos I have already posted of the events of 24/4/65 and the comments on…"

John Jennings replied Apr 20, 2014 to Goldicot Cutting Photograph

7 Apr 20, 2014
Reply by John Jennings

"The attached file may provide some background to the Sunday trains."

John Jennings replied Sep 5, 2013 to Sunday trains

9 Sep 5, 2013
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