‘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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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

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A couple of interesting documents

In my very small collection of SMJ documents I have these two which may be of interest to fellow members:

1. E&WJR Schedule of Wagons Passing 1899

These are probably the commonest extant E&Y documents as they were processed by the Railway Clearing House (RCH) and a number seem to have survived from there.

This one I found to be particularly interesting as it is for a Midland Railway wagon containing "goods" which travelled from Bristol to London Kings Cross. The route was Bristol A Wharf (presumably Avonmouth Wharf on the GWR/Midland Joint Line) via Gloucester and Evesham to Broom Junction and then along the entire EWJ route to Olney and then via Bedford to St Pancras. There the wagon would either have been transferred to Kings Cross via the North London Railway connection of else offloaded and taken across by horse and cart. The Midland must have offered a good rate for this journey as it goes a very long way round when compared to the direct GWR route from Bristol to London. Of course, it was on Midland metals the whole way except for the EWJ part and the final few hundred yards from St Pancras which I guess helped the costing. I wonder how much other Midland Railway traffic was routed this way?

2. EWJ&ST&MJR memo 1908


This small memo was written at the Accountant's Office at Stratford-on-Avon although it's not clear if it was actually issued as there is no recipient and nor is it signed. However, I surmise that a number of these would have been written (one to each station) so this may have been a spare or may have been given to a clerk to copy. The content reads as follow:

"Please clear out the Books and Papers of two years and upwards in readiness to have them collected in a wagon which I will arrange shall call at each Station to collect them. Let me know as soon as they are ready so that I may make arrangements."

Imagine the treasure trove of paper railwayana that would have been in that wagon when it finally reached Stratford!

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