‘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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LMS BOXBOARD ----- SMJ LINE

Currently a boxboard from the line on offer on e bay. Ends  26th August.    Also a siver ewj  free pass was sold at auction recently for  £ 850 .  Pretty rare, nice it has survived .   Plus 2 cast iron smj bridge diamonds also sold  at auction quite…Continue

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Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive Aug 13.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive Aug 13.

The Campion Family: SMJ employees 5 Replies

I would be grateful if anyone can let me know if there are any registers, documents or other employee information that exists where I might be able to find out more about the following members of my family:1. Henry Campion   1830-1910  Lived in…Continue

Started by David Campion. Last reply by David Campion Jul 25.

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Hello,

Here's an advertisement for our line.  I beleive it is from the Railway Year Book.  It is undated but as it is advertising the Shakespeare Tercentenery, I beleive that dates it to 1916.  Through carriages via the Woodford link are mentioned as well as links via LNWR and Midland Railways.  For me, the advertising of my "local" station of Morton Pinkney as detraining point for Sulgrave Manor is interesting.  What I really love about this though is the promotion of Goods Services and it's "modernistic" 3 link coupling logo. 

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Nice find Si! Good to hear from you, are you OK? What news of the Kineton visit too!!

Andy

I like the optimism of "This well organized and Important Railway"......

Lively, up to date image of a working line.

Hi Andy,

Been far away with work then caught chicken pox! I am now back in UK for a while.  I will re-start my contact with the authorities at Kineton again once I clear my desk.  All is well and I have even found some time to do some SMJ modelling. Hope all is well with you too.

 

Simon

Andy Thompson said:

Nice find Si! Good to hear from you, are you OK? What news of the Kineton visit too!!

Andy

"A.E. Diggins, Traffic Manager, Stratford-on-Avon."

On 2nd April 1911 Arthur Ernest Diggins (b.1872 Kings Lynn - d.1955 Ipswich), wife Ethel Dawson Diggins nee Souter (b.1873 Chesterfield, married 1903 Chesterfield, d.1930 Uxbridge), sons Raymond Howard Diggins (b.1904 Chesterfield) and Eustace Arthur Diggins (b.1910 Stratford) were living at "Illahee", Chestnut Walk (at its junction with Rother Street) Stratford. His occupation was "Secretary and Accountant of Railway Company".

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