‘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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Footage of the SMJR 1 Reply

Hello, I found your forum searching for the SMJR. I've just uploaded a digitised version of old cine film footage of the line to my Youtube channel. I will be selling the original Hillside cine film soon along with a few others I've collected…Continue

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Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

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Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

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

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Station Masters

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I am trying to put together a list of all the locomotive types that have ever been recorded on the SMJR routes. (ie. Cockley Brake Junction - Blisworth SMJR, Towcester - Broom Junction, Towcester - Ravenstone Junction). I've used this website, all the standard reference books, plus 'Last Years of the GCR Main line' and my own observations. So far I've got a list of 70!

I need help with the following:-
. diesel classes used on trains to Kineton depot since closure of the SMJR
. can anyone identify what class ex- LYR No 12103 was? because it worked the SMJ!
. can anyone confirm the following classes on the SMJ: Modified Hall, Jinty, Sulzer Type 2 diesel?

Among exotics on the list so far are 'Jumbo' 2-4-0s, SR U Mogul, Robinson O4 2-8-0, K3 2-6-0 and Patriot!

Looking forward to hearing from you


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Don't forget that the Pannier 6435 still exists...
I think its perhaps time to start a new discussion ' Preserved engines that ran over SMJR metals' Thanks for all the new info everyone. Does anyone (John?) know for certain if a County or a Manor ever used the triangle?

sorry for the tread slippage Dick...

Dick said:
I think its perhaps time to start a new discussion ' Preserved engines that ran over SMJR metals' Thanks for all the new info everyone. Does anyone (John?) know for certain if a County or a Manor ever used the triangle?

I can confirm 92212 on at least three occasions on mineral trains or empties. Only Hawkesworth County that I know ever used the triangle was 1012 on 9.6.62. Manor 7808 I have recorded at Old Town on 10.8.63 but regret that the note does not confirm whether it was just turning or on a train. I believe that 7808 is preserved. I am sure that there will be other Manors it is just finding the time to get through the records. There were a few of them around the West Midlands in 1962-5 nominally allocated to 85A but they seemed to shuffle around our patch a lot. I think Banbury had one or two for a time as well. It looks like the only GW named class not to appear was King and they were of course barred from the North Warwicks line although one of the preserved ones has got to Stratford in more recent times. Now how about this for consideration...There were a couple of GW 14xx class 0-4-2T at Banbury for use on the Biscester shuttles when that service either ceased or went to DMU the 14xx were withdrawn and towed away dead for scrap. I was told by one of the Kineton signalmen many months after the event that one of the 14xx was included (dead) in a freight heading for South Wales overnight sometime in late 1962. I have never been able to confirm this sole account although it is entirely feasable as many 14xx class locos were cut up in Sharpness or South Wales. Can anyone add to this?

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