‘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"


SMJ Forum

Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Evesham Redditch & Stratford-upon-Avon Junction Railway 8 Replies

Did this railway (as opposed to the East & West Junction Railway) go into receivership - if so, when. And when did it come out of receivership?Continue

Started by Richard Maund. Last reply by Richard Maund Feb 11.

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Smj exploring and making new youtube videos

Hi all members. I was wondering if you could help by subscribing to my YouTube channel ‘NWP EXPLORING’  Mainly railway history and some ex…

Started by Neil

0 Nov 22, 2023

SMJ item for auction

{I'm not promoting this sale but adding it for members' intetest only, thanks.] A Stratford Upon Avon and Midland Junction Railway bridge w…

Started by Graham Ward

5 Nov 21, 2023
Reply by Russ Firth

Binton station plans

Hi! I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes…

Started by Martin Bromage

3 Nov 21, 2023
Reply by Paul Stratford


Hi There I’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 co…

Started by Jack Freuville

4 Aug 4, 2022
Reply by Jim Goodman

Footage of the SMJR

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…

Started by G Essex Random Railways

1 Jul 3, 2022
Reply by Jim Goodman

Black & White photos of the SMJ

Hello My name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society. A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black &…

Started by Mick Baker

1 Mar 29, 2022
Reply by Peter S Lewis

Station Masters

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsx Chris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire" published th…

Started by Graham Ward

0 Feb 7, 2022

Does this show the Scratter at Roade?

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-NEeI

Started by Ron Johnson

4 Jan 21, 2022
Reply by Chris Hillyard RVM

Newport Pagnell OO gauge - MK Museum

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 l…

Started by Dick Bodily

1 Jan 19, 2022
Reply by Dick Bodily

DVD on the SMJ

Hi I’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.…

Started by Jack Freuville

3 Dec 18, 2021
Reply by Jack Freuville


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