‘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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Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 Replies

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

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens on Thursday.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 Replies

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 War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

Tags: of, Honour, Roll, War, SMJR

Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

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ex-SMJ regular on Heritage Railways DVD

With this month's Heritage Railway there's a DVD of the two preserved Great Central Railways made around 2000. Among the locos shown severa…

Started by Dick Bodily

0 Mar 10, 2017

SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

Adrian's recent photo of the SMJ platforms at Blisworth has started me thinking about the precise nature of the station arrangements there.…

Started by Barry Taylor

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

Kineton Station

The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society's N gauge model of Kineton Station will be on display for the very first time at our ann…

Started by Mark Reader

2 Mar 1, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

A couple of interesting documents

A couple of interesting documentsIn my very small collection of SMJ documents I have these two which may be of interest to fellow members:1…

Started by John Cosford

0 Feb 27, 2017

SMJ Exhibition at Towcester Museum

I visited the Towcester museum on Sunday and just wanted to say how good I thought the exhibition was, the content was excellent and I part…

Started by Mike Smith

4 Feb 17, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

SMJR pictures on warwickshirerailways.com

I found this website the other day, I expect most of you are familiar with it, but I have put this link in in case like myself you were una…

Started by Dick Bodily

0 Feb 9, 2017

Woodford Article

This is not strictly SMJ related but Rex Partridge informs me that there is an article about Woodford by an ex-footplateman, Ralph Radford,…

Started by Dick Bodily

0 Jan 22, 2017

Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

Looking through Mac Hawkins book on the GCR then and now, he mentions that the GCR were thinking of running a line connecting Brackley to N…

Started by Gary

10 Jan 14, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

Mystery line that never was. Did the East & West seek to expand into Bucks?

In MK Museum there is a map of the Wolverton Estate made in about 1850. On it is seen a railway line running from just south of Stony Strat…

Started by Dick Bodily

6 Jan 14, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

Dear SMJ site member

Dear SMJ site member, Firstly, a big "Thank You" from all those of you who have helped make the SMJ site what it is today... a considerable…

Started by Andy Thompson

4 Dec 30, 2016
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