‘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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Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 4 Replies

A very short clip of a cricket match at Roade. A goods train passes. Could it be on the SMJR?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnPSvt-NEeIContinue

Started by Ron Johnson. Last reply by Chris Hillyard RVM on Friday.

Black & White photos of the SMJ

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

Started by Mick Baker on Thursday.

Newport Pagnell OO gauge - MK Museum 1 Reply

I've added this photo album for Jon , David and anyone else to see. As its not SMJR related I will delete it after a few weeks. here is a linkNewport Pagnell OO gauge - MK…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily on Wednesday.

DVD on the SMJ 3 Replies

HiI’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.This company is now out of business and cannot be called upon to get a copy.If possible, I would wish to…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Dec 18, 2021.

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Wel - Hello David.

It has been a VERY long time since I had the chance to read something yu write. What a great surprise - but then I recalled that you run a great big chunk of history at Stoke Bruerne. It was a great pleasure to read you essay on nicknames. May-be M-ways do have nick-names - I've never heard of one but perhaps the emergency service discussion group could enlighten us? Is there a Police/Fire/Ambulance site - one for each county perhaps? Well - you never know.

Running 'C' headcode vacums from Bristol to London ove the SMJ always seemed a grand idea. But does anyone knw what happened at Broom Junction? Did the railway have another engine waiting there to take over because otherwise there would have been a lot of mils running tender first.

Another name for the DN&S, at Didcot at any rate was 'The Gold Coast'. That has reberverations with The Klondyke'. Gold - Maybe this refers to large amounts of overtime earned whilst working across it??
Mention of Didcot - The Up Goods Loop from Didcot East Jc to Moreton Cutting was always called 'The Gully' .

And of course there were dozens of goods trains with nicknames - and some passenger. I recall the 9.25 p.m Paddington was known as 'Paddy's Mail in our part and I suppose all along its route. 'The 'Down Owl' was another late night train - perhaps (can't recall properly) the 10.30 p.m Paddington - the Penzance sleeper. By contrast we had 'The Up Waker' which was an overnight Penzance - Paddington sleeper via Bristol that came through ours around 5.45 a.m. So that name was probably a fairly local one.

But this ain't SMJ. Sorry.

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