‘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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Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens yesterday.

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.

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"Thanks from me to Andy, to John Jennings and to everyone who posts rare stuff like t…"

Tony Newman replied Aug 11, 2012 to The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

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"My thanks also to John and David for the priceless historical comments about the SMJ…"

Tony Newman replied Jul 12, 2012 to A word from John Evans

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"OK Dick.  I am too old to more than skim the surface of computeration, but I am told…"

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"Although it is not very detailed, there is a map of the proposed route on page 96 of…"

Tony Newman replied Jul 12, 2010 to Bakers Street to Morton Pinkney - request for info

5 Jul 15, 2010
Reply by Robin Cullup

"This is exactly the kind of fragile snippet of history that one hopes would resurfac…"

Tony Newman replied Apr 30, 2010 to Burton dasset Iron ore bucket rope way to the SMJ

3 Apr 30, 2010
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"Si, I don't think I have what you are actually asking for, but I may be able to make…"


25 Jan 19, 2010
Reply by Si Donal

"OK Steve, you are right. It looks like the only possible candidates for the derelict…"

Tony Newman replied Aug 11, 2009 to Byfield Ironstone

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"Thanks for the info Steve That could have been it. However, when I was at the site A…"

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Tony Newman replied Apr 11, 2009 to Rail tours

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"The Wandering 1500 headcode was 1X69 Andy."

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