‘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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Turntable at Burton Dassett 2 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 on Tuesday.

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

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

Broom Junction station site for sale

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 Dec 11, 2017.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction?

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 Nov 24, 2017.


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.

Fenny Comptn

HelloI purchased the book « Track Layout Diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 » « Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Jcn Rly » by R.A.Cooke ISBN 10 :1 871674 20 4N page 29/9 on the 1903 track plan it shows a goods shed at…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Oct 16, 2017.

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"My understanding is that the late George Freeston of Blisworth managed to get hold o…"

David Blagrove replied Aug 11, 2012 to The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

11 Dec 15, 2017
Reply by Simon Stevens

"Its always interesting to hear from people who knew the railways back in the days wh…"

David Blagrove replied Jul 12, 2012 to A word from John Evans

5 Jul 27, 2012
Reply by Dick Bodily

"I don't know too much about the Western end of the line, but certainly the LMS carri…"

David Blagrove replied Feb 6, 2012 to The Avon Bridge

1 Feb 6, 2012
Reply by David Blagrove

"My recollection of Blisworth in the late 1960s is that there was still some postal a…"

David Blagrove replied Aug 19, 2011 to Blisworth SMJ Station use for parcels in 1960s

10 Nov 26, 2012
Reply by Peter Fleming

"I have always understod that both Bell and Pollitt were proteges of Sir Edward Watki…"

David Blagrove replied Jul 12, 2010 to Bakers Street to Morton Pinkney - request for info

5 Jul 15, 2010
Reply by Robin Cullup

"All I can definitely assert is that the Midland Railway cascaded one of their earlie…"

David Blagrove replied Jun 14, 2010 to Coaching stock.

2 Jun 19, 2010
Reply by Jim Goodman

"There was indeed a proposal for a flyover at Blisworth to take the Northampton &…"

David Blagrove replied May 4, 2010 to Proposed routes

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David Blagrove replied May 4, 2010 to Proposed routes

8 May 7, 2010
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"I must say that so far it looks as though there is going to be a reasonable turnout…"

David Blagrove replied Mar 31, 2010 to The Get Together in June - a summary

22 Jun 13, 2010
Reply by Gary

"I shall be around on the main site (which lies between the Canal Museum and its car…"

David Blagrove replied Mar 12, 2010 to The Get Together in June - a summary

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