‘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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The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

Broom Junction station site for sale

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens Dec 11, 2017.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction?

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward Nov 24, 2017.


Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Nov 22, 2017.

Fenny Comptn

HelloI purchased the book « Track Layout Diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 » « Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Jcn Rly » by R.A.Cooke ISBN 10 :1 871674 20 4N page 29/9 on the 1903 track plan it shows a goods shed at…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Oct 16, 2017.

Albert Fennell (GCR driver and former Woodford fireman) retires

On Sunday 8th October ex- Woodford fireman Albert Fennell who fired several times…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Oct 10, 2017.

Need Site Help?

Dear SMJ site member,
Firstly, a big "Thank You" from all those of you who have helped make the SMJ site what it is today... a considerable and growing resource on the history of this enigmatic line.
The archives are brimming with photographs and other memoirs, all adding to the historical record, and putting flesh on the bones, if not trains on the track!
Of course, we know that you will realize that anything worthwhile has a cost...and we like to think that you think that this project is worthwhile. So we know that you will not be unduly upset if it was suggested to you that a small yearly fee of £10.00 will be introduced to cover the cost of maintaining the site...(our provider has doubled the fee overnight).
This will help to safeguard the archive, and make this resource the pre-eminent one in connection with the Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway.
Will you help us to achieve this goal?
We know that you will....
Peter and Andy

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Hello Andy and Peter

I read your E-mail with interest

It is quite normal to pay for the costs of a club activity and will readily contribute but have some queries.

1                      The cost requested by the site's hosts seems quite high at £45 a month. I take care of a photo club in Belgium and we have a cost free website of very high quality, please have a look: http://photoclubrebecq.be/spip/?lang=fr

All you need is a competent and reliable web master.

2                          You give a cost price of £45 a month I.E. £540 per annum but, if my information is correct, the SMJR society has 311 members which at £10 each works out at £3 110.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Best regards


Hi, I am happy to pay a cost towards the up keep


I did reply elsewhere that I would subscribe but note comments above.

I also asked if you could email me as I wanted to contact you by email re the Northamptonshire Heritage Strategy. I consider railways are a very significant part of the county's heritage and should be acknowledged as such. I have traied emailing yu but it appears I do not have the correct address.

My email is:- davensal@hywd1.fsnet.co.uk

Dave Hayward

Hello Peter / Andy,

Can you indicate the current situation regarding costs and funding requirement?

Have you had a chance look at alternative lower cost hosting?



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