‘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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MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 13 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor on Sunday.

1959 rail tour 1 Reply

Also full details and timings of this tour on --rail tours 1959-- website with some nice photos of 45091

Started by ray w. Last reply by Simon Stevens Oct 1.

Sunday 9th August 1959 "Grafton " rail tour

Just found this ticket for above rail tour around East Midlands taking in Blisworth, Byfield and Woodford Halse, where 45091 was used. There is a fascinating account of this round trip from Kings Cross on the RCTS website Watford Branch Newsletter…Continue

Started by ray w Sep 29.

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens Sep 14.

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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
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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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