‘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

Single track?

Would I be right in assuming that the SMJ was single track all the way apart from passing loops at the stations?Continue

Started by Nicholas Hemming Nov 12.

working timetables.

Hello,Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradshaws.Also, were parcels trains ever routed along the SMJ during BR days?Finally what was the intensity of freight…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson Nov 9.

SMJ maps and booklet 3 Replies

Hello, I live in Southern Alberta, Canada and I'm nearer to 80 than 70. Methinks it is time to reduce my railwayana before it is consigned to the trash. Heaven forbid! My model railway is set in about 1953 and based on a ficticious branch running…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson. Last reply by Steve Johns Nov 1.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 13 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Oct 25.

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"Harry Furniss also illustrated the Roll of Honour for the London & North Western…"

NIGEL replied Nov 6, 2017 to The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

14 Dec 21, 2018
Reply by Barry Taylor

"My copy arrived this morning. Had a quick read of the first few pages, very informat…"

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

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Hello Dave, as far as mileages and mileposts go, the only certainty is that Bliswort…"

NIGEL replied Jun 12, 2017 to Train Simulator SMJ

7 Aug 8, 2017
Reply by Bob hawes

"The model of Towcester Station will be moved out at the END OF FEBRUARY. The rest of…"

NIGEL replied Feb 17, 2017 to SMJ Exhibition at Towcester Museum

4 Feb 17, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

"A most interesting map which I think may be earlier than stated. The stations were b…"

NIGEL replied Jan 29, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Interesting to note that in 1891 Station Road, (ex Ford Lane), was maintained by the…"

NIGEL replied Jan 21, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"C. E. BEVAN & CO., WAGON REPAIRING YARD at Blisworth Station near the bend in th…"

NIGEL replied Jan 19, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"The Metropolitan Railway, extension to Moreton Pinkney. Charles Liddell, engineer. D…"

NIGEL replied Jan 14, 2017 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

10 Jan 14, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

"Also there is the deposited plan no.128 Towcester & Hitchin Railway, James B. Bu…"

NIGEL replied Jan 14, 2017 to Mystery line that never was. Did the East & West seek to expand into Bucks?

6 Jan 14, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

"Brackley Central Station (built 1897 by the Rugby firm J. PARNELL & SON) was uni…"

NIGEL replied Jan 10, 2017 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

10 Jan 14, 2017
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