‘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

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 11 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Mark Reader Jun 11.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue

Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.

Stored coaches 3 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Alan Brant Apr 30.

Way in

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.

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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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