‘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

Burton Dassett Cableway 1 Reply

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Mark Reader Feb 22.

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Jan 22.

Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Nicholas Hemming Dec 30, 2020.

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"Hi Dave Eric Tonks included an excellent chapter on this topic in his book, ‘Ironsto…"

Mark Reader replied Feb 22 to Burton Dassett Cableway

1 Feb 22
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"Hi Jim & Steve Apologies for not remembering that we had met before. I meet so m…"

Mark Reader replied Jun 11, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

11 Jun 11, 2020
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"Hi Jim & Steve Welcome to South Warwickshire. Given that you are clearly keen mo…"

Mark Reader replied May 29, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

11 Jun 11, 2020
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"At the Warley exhibition I eagerly hit the Lightmoor stand first thing on Saturday t…"

Mark Reader replied Nov 27, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Hi Barry Many thanks for such a comprehensive response. I've got copies of both publ…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 29, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
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"Thanks Barry Its great to hear that you can confirm it existed and have references t…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 20, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
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"Hi Barry Good luck with the final stages of your book. If you've not already started…"

Mark Reader replied Sep 5, 2015 to Missing photos of the SMJ

4 Sep 25, 2015
Reply by Peter William Reynolds

"Hi Jim I've recently viewed the Hillside 'Shakespeare Route', and agree with Nick t…"

Mark Reader replied Apr 19, 2015 to Old Cine Film of the SMJ.

9 Apr 20, 2015
Reply by Jim Goodman

"After discussions with Nick, I've also been looking more closely at this. If you loo…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 17, 2015 to M40 motorway

16 Apr 7, 2015
Reply by Barry Taylor

"The Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society plan to create an N gauge model of…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 3, 2015 to Model Railway Layouts featuring SMJR System

4 Mar 9, 2015
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