‘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

Walking the SMJ 2 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Jean Cholerton yesterday.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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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

14 Dec 21, 2018
Reply by Barry Taylor

"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

8 May 7, 2010
Reply by Simon Dunkley

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David Blagrove replied May 4, 2010 to Proposed routes

8 May 7, 2010
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"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

22 Jun 13, 2010
Reply by Gary

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