‘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 on Friday.

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 Jan 20.

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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"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
Reply by Robin Cullup

"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
Reply by Robin Cullup

"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
Reply by Robin Cullup

"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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