‘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

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 24 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Dec 1.

John Jennings

Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a look…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson Nov 28.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 12 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

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Jim Brown Nov 23.

Warley Poster

Interesting to see Broom Junction layout photo on posters and adverts for the Warley Model Railway Show this weekend.Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Nov 21.

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Ro Railer (possible update)

Hi everyone I am sure most have you have read my account of the Ro Railer which is on another part of this site. From time to time new tit…

Started by John Jennings

1 Jul 30, 2009
Reply by Andy Thompson

What unusual classes on SMJ metals do you know of ?

I am trying to put together a list of all the locomotive types that have ever been recorded on the SMJR routes. (ie. Cockley Brake Junction…

Started by Dick Bodily

28 Jul 16, 2009
Reply by John Jennings

GW locos working to Blisworth

Just read Dick's note about LNER types working east from Woodford, which reminds me of the few odd occasions when we got a GW 22xx 0-6-0 at…

Started by Barry Taylor

4 Jul 4, 2009
Reply by Dick Bodily

Great central loco & train at Stratford

Some years ago I recall seeing (during an illustrated talk - I cant remember who or when!) a copy of a photo of a GCR Atlantic loco and tra…

Started by Barry Taylor

6 Jun 11, 2009
Reply by Barry Taylor

Woodford Engines working eastwards over the SMJ Route.

I can remember instances in the 60s of light engine working of Woodford WDs, often hauling dead locos, through Blakesley towards Towcester.…

Started by Dick Bodily

0 Jun 11, 2009

Rail tours

The Railway Enthusiasts Club ran a rail tour on April 24, 1955, under the headboard The South Midlander. It came on to the S&MJR at Fen…

Started by Andy Thompson

4 Jun 9, 2009
Reply by Si Donal

SMJ signalmen safety regulations

Wanted - date when colour blindess tests introduced for signalmen. My grandfather CHARLES NEAL was signalman at Kineton. According to famil…

Started by John C. Neal

0 Jun 4, 2009

Was the SMJ ever going to work?

Lines like the SMJ across Northamptonshire sprung up by the tonne in the mid-1800's. My point is that they were never going to survive and…

Started by Andy Thompson

0 Apr 10, 2009

Broom Junction Model

Last week, as part of the research for my book, I had the enjoyable experience of an evening at the Warley Model Railway Club, looking at t…

Started by Andy Thompson

0 Apr 10, 2009

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0 Apr 7, 2009

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