‘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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SMJ Forum

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 11 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Mark Reader Jun 11.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue

Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.

Stored coaches 3 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Alan Brant Apr 30.

Way in

Hi thereI hope you are all in good health.A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton.Apparently, these station buildings had no entrance doors and access was only from the platform side.I imagine passengers would come up…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Mar 29.

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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 statio…

Started by Clive

0 Aug 13, 2019

The Campion Family: SMJ employees

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…

Started by David Campion

5 Jul 25, 2019
Reply by David Campion

lManning Wardle lcomotive MOROUS

Read in recent  HERITAGE RAILWAY magazine that an original nameplate from this 1860's  loco has been donated to the Colonel Stephens Museum…

Started by ray w

0 Jun 21, 2019

Walking the SMJ

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short s…

Started by Michael Roake

4 May 27, 2019
Reply by Simon Stevens

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal with the hea…

Started by Dick Bodily

0 May 19, 2019

Planning Application for Binton Station Site

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site: Binton Station Planni…

Started by Simon Stevens

12 Apr 27, 2019
Reply by Rob Davidson

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.

Started by ray w

0 Apr 1, 2019

Site problems?

my screen is all squashed up. Only happened recently, and jot on any other sites I use. Using Safari on iOS.

Started by Simon Dunkley

1 Feb 28, 2019
Reply by Simon Dunkley

Line Speed

Probably a question or an answer that is on here somewhere and I have missed it, but what was the line running speed? Always get the impres…

Started by Gary

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

Interesting Ebay item

Thanks to Gary for the heads up! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254054775180 Andy

Started by Andy Thompson

1 Jan 8, 2019
Reply by Phil Street

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