‘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

Walking the SMJ 4 Replies

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 sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 27.

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…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 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 Rob Davidson Apr 27.

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.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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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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