‘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 Jan 21.

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 Jan 20.

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 Jan 19.

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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Thank you Mr Jennings, will look out for that Mr Jordan book. The adage of the Society infers that 'one day the damsel may awaken' (probably needing 25 years kiss of life by a Prince Charming!!),  but I trust it will not be via DIY methods aking Peak Rail etc. In theory a  3rd  East--West Rail route could accrue over 30 years, but rather depends on Route 1 being wiser than as of now. The Society could adopt useful aims such as lobbying Councils/Sustrans for footpath work, incl. bridges like over A508;  also work with Friends of the Canal Museum to include a small display/one wall devoted to  SMJ history, as its Olney Branch went through Stoke Bruerne.  Another matter is a newsletter about any events,  AGM  etc,  is there one??  The maximum rail revival possible in theory (but needing £x100 millions, is a Thameslink extension to  Towcester, with a new town in Salcey Forest (any trees displaced covered by 5 times as many planted), and battery engine research for pull/push practise north of Bedford;  Towcester could grow via such,  and  Roade could have a dual lines station on the slow lines side.  If only..... dream on perhaps, but this is a time for vision making manifesto for 2015 poll,  and a general Beeching--in--Reverse agenda for up to 75 lines over 40--50 years, and  £50billions, would be quite good thinking in climate terms, if Network Rail's battery engine research is successful??  Food for SMJ thought/s.

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