‘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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Hi thereI hope you are all in good health.A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton.Apparently, these station buildings had no entrance doors and access was only from the platform side.I imagine passengers would come up…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville on Sunday.

Byfield station woodwork colour

Hi, as anyone any idea what colour the doors would have been on the station building. I have a vague recollection that they were a maroonish/brownish colour, similar to the signal box.Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive Mar 21.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 2 Replies

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Clive Mar 21.

Aircraft crash 8 Replies

HelloI’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged until it was hit by a…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Feb 16.

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"I wrote an article on Ravenstone Wood Jcn that appeared in the Midland Railway Socie…"

Robin Cullup replied Apr 15, 2018 to Ravenstone Wood as three way junction?

1 Apr 15, 2018
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"This train with reporting number W710 was a special run by the Birmingham Locomotive…"

Robin Cullup replied Dec 5, 2016 to SMJ photo on ebay - possibly!

6 Dec 5, 2016
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Robin Cullup replied Dec 5, 2016 to SMJ photo on ebay - possibly!

6 Dec 5, 2016
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"A publication that lists all the proposed railways promoted by the East & West,…"

Robin Cullup replied Jun 2, 2016 to Mystery line that never was. Did the East & West seek to expand into Bucks?

6 Jan 14, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

"The station is indeed Byfield. There must have been many hundreds of photos taken of…"

Robin Cullup replied Jan 16, 2016 to Article in the Meccano Magazine (Aug 1956) describing the SMJR Railtour

5 Jan 16, 2016
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"The Riley/Simpson book "A History of the SMJ etc" gives a date of 31st May 1948 - i.…"

Robin Cullup replied Dec 22, 2015 to Woodford - Byfield passenger closure date

3 Dec 22, 2015
Reply by Barry Taylor

"Herewith a view of the Lucas bridge at Towcester - probably taken on the same occasi…"

Robin Cullup replied May 4, 2015 to Bridge 12

11 May 4, 2015
Reply by NIGEL

"Thanks, Jim. This all sounds familiar and I think that the early material (1928) was…"

Robin Cullup replied Apr 4, 2015 to Old Cine Film of the SMJ.

9 Apr 20, 2015
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Isn't this on the DVD "The Shakespeare Route - The SMJ" issued by Hillside Publishin…"

Robin Cullup replied Mar 27, 2015 to Old Cine Film of the SMJ.

9 Apr 20, 2015
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Thanks for this, Dick. The article is in the August 1956 edition of Meccano Magazine…"

Robin Cullup replied Nov 11, 2014 to Article in the Meccano Magazine (Aug 1956) describing the SMJR Railtour

5 Jan 16, 2016
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