‘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

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens 1 hour ago.

Burton Dassett Cableway

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward on Wednesday.

Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Nicholas Hemming Dec 30, 2020.

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"Picture No. 18, Branch Lines Around Towcester, Middleton Press, by Vic Mitchell and…"

John Evans replied Dec 28, 2020 to Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway

8 Dec 30, 2020
Reply by Colin Franklin

"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

24 Dec 1, 2018
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"I just bought this book at the bookshop in Grosmont. Very interesting and I never kn…"

John Evans replied Nov 22, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
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"Hi Tony Thanks you very much for the review. It is much appreciated. Best wishes…"

John Evans replied Apr 15, 2016 to LAST RITES - book from John Evans

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

John Evans replied Sep 9, 2014 to Books

6 Sep 28, 2014
Reply by Dick Bodily

"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

9 Apr 10, 2014
Reply by John Cosford

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

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

27 Jan 21, 2013
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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

1 Apr 4, 2012
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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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