‘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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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.

Byfield station woodwork colour

Hi, as anyone any idea what colour the doors would have been on the station building. I have a vague recollection that they were a maroonish/brownish colour, similar to the signal box.Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive Mar 21.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 2 Replies

   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. Last reply by Clive Mar 21.

Aircraft crash 8 Replies

HelloI’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged until it was hit by a…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Feb 16.

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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

Fenny Compton Goods shed

Hello Some time ago I posted a question concerning the goods shed at Fenny Compton as indicated in the book Track Layout diagrams of the Gr…

Started by Jack Freuville

1 Jan 8, 2019
Reply by Simon Dunkley

E&W JR first train

Hello Does someone have a copy of the picture of the first train running on the East and West Junction Railway as stated in J Dunn’s book T…

Started by Jack Freuville

1 Jan 7, 2019
Reply by Simon Dunkley

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great…

Started by John Jennings

14 Dec 21, 2018
Reply by Barry Taylor

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