‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

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"Hi Gordon, Yes I do live in the UK on the Warwickshire, Oxfordshire border near Ban…"

Steve Johns replied Nov 1, 2020 to SMJ maps and booklet

9 Dec 17, 2020
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Hello Gordon, I would be interested in the 48"x 191/2" map of Broom Junction if you…"

Steve Johns replied Oct 31, 2020 to SMJ maps and booklet

9 Dec 17, 2020
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Hi Greg, Go to members on the index at the top of the page and look for Mike Musson…"

Steve Johns replied Aug 17, 2020 to Bidford-on-Avon station photos

2 Aug 30, 2020
Reply by Greg Wye

"Hi Clive, The points would still be wooden sleepered. Steve"

Steve Johns replied Jul 31, 2020 to Concrete sleepers

2 Aug 1, 2020
Reply by Clive

"Hi Mark, Long time no see. I think the last time we met was at the NEC when you wer…"

Steve Johns replied May 30, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18, 2021
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Jim, I will be moving to Oxhill just south of Kineton into the heart of SMJ count…"

Steve Johns replied May 21, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18, 2021
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Jim, The DX is as yet unbuilt as i'm in the process of moving house so everythin…"

Steve Johns replied May 20, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18, 2021
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Jim, I was also thinking of building one in 4mm scalefour to sit behind my ex LN…"

Steve Johns replied May 18, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18, 2021
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Jim, It's understood that Bassett-Lowke models were fairly accurate representati…"

Steve Johns replied May 10, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18, 2021
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Clive, From photographs in various books on the SMJ it seems that the non-corridor…"

Steve Johns replied Oct 16, 2019 to Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

2 Mar 21, 2020
Reply by Clive

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