‘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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Walking the SMJ 2 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Jean Cholerton yesterday.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 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 Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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"I agree with everything that has been said. A wonderful, scholarly yet very readable…"

John Evans replied Dec 1, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

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"This is a very good news. as the first volume was really excellent. By the way, has…"

John Evans replied Nov 23, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

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"I just bought this book at the bookshop in Grosmont. Very interesting and I never kn…"

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"Hi Tony Thanks you very much for the review. It is much appreciated. Best wishes…"

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"I think I have all the books on the list and would definitely go for J M Dunn's hist…"

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"Maybe a link to Helmdon station could be proposed. After all, the damsel only sleepe…"

John Evans replied Nov 20, 2013 to HS2 and the SMJ

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"Check in the post from sunny California, Andy."

John Evans replied Jan 21, 2013 to Towcester Museum 100 Club

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"Thanks for the heads up Andy, I've got my daughter on the case. I'm sorry I missed t…"

John Evans replied Apr 4, 2012 to SMJR Revisited Part 2 now out

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"Hi Brian  Great to hear from you. Photos of the bridge are very rare and I stupidly…"

John Evans replied Jul 1, 2011 to Photo Library

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"Thanks for this interesting update, Dick. It's a real piece of history! Bill Steel h…"

John Evans replied Dec 14, 2010 to SMJ number-takers book

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