‘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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SMJR Logo 4 Replies

Hi ThereI’m planning to print some water slide decals of the EWJR and the SMJR in 4 mm scale.Can anybody help me sort out the size and color scheme?For the size; following photos, this would be between 3 and 4 mm in 1/76For the EWJR Garter I…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jim Goodman Aug 4.

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

Started by G Essex Random Railways. Last reply by Jim Goodman Jul 3.

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

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

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

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

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To mark the closure of Woodford 50 years ago the Great Central Railway are planning some sort of mini-gala on the weekend of 14th and 15th June. I don't know exactly what they are planning but they've contacted some Woodford people looking for photos, etc. (Rex is one person who has been approached). I note that ex Woodford Flying Pig 43106 which appeared on the SMJ on quite a few occasions is booked to appear on the GCR the following weekend so hopefully it will appear at the Woodford weekend, but that's just my guess. I believe that ex Northampton 48305 which frequently ran to Woodford West and also Byfield Ironstone on the SMJ is in pieces at Loughborough at present, it would have been nice if that had been available for the event. 

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This looks like being a meeting up of SMJR locos as well as being a celebration of Woodford. No less than 3 locos that ran on the SMJR route are scheduled to take part:- 43106 which was of course a Woodford loco, plus 9Fs 92212 and 92214. In addition there will be the previously maroon 8F freshly resplendent in authentic black and possibly a Black 5 too.

Just seen this link on Steam magazine Facebook page http://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/local-news/dismay-over-planne... I hope somebody has a spare £200,000+ to stop this!!!


Is this the site of the OLD Yard on top of what's left of the embankment?


I don't know the area unfortunately but as far as I can make out it appears to be the area covering the old GCR station and yard in the middle of the village.

Whilst not strictly SMJ, just another part of our heritage likely removed  to over populate a village community.

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