‘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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Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

Tags: of, Honour, Roll, War, SMJR

Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 14 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Nov 22, 2017.

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

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

1 Apr 15
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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
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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