‘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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Concrete sleepers 2 Replies

I've been looking at the trackwork at Byfield station and it looks like concrete sleepers (late 50's). Would this be correct? If so, would the points still be wooden sleepers?Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Clive Aug 1.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 11 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Mark Reader Jun 11.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue

Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.

Stored coaches 3 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Alan Brant Apr 30.

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"It’s ok now."

Simon Dunkley replied Feb 28, 2019 to Site problems?

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"I haven’t seen any of these photos as far as I know (there is a claim that most of t…"

Simon Dunkley replied Jan 8, 2019 to Fenny Compton Goods shed

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"Hi Jack, Does this link help? http://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lms/smjk85.htm S…"

Simon Dunkley replied Jan 7, 2019 to E&W JR first train

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"Volume 2 is in the post to me, according to an email from the publishers!"

Simon Dunkley replied Nov 22, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

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"Ah. Well, it is available to order."

Simon Dunkley replied Nov 6, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
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"Volume 2 is out now!"

Simon Dunkley replied Oct 31, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
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"Yes, they are of a standard design. There were drawings and photos, as well as how t…"

Simon Dunkley replied Sep 20, 2017 to standard station design?

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"Actually, I can and will go further. It is exceptionally well produced and extremely…"

Simon Dunkley replied Aug 22, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

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"Same here: it just arrived (yes, at 3 pm!) but on first glance looks very nice. "

Simon Dunkley replied Aug 22, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
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"I will keep an eye out for the postman, then!"

Simon Dunkley replied Aug 21, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

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