‘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

Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

Station Masters

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsxChris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and…Continue

Started by Graham Ward Feb 7.

Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 4 Replies

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-NEeIContinue

Started by Ron Johnson. Last reply by Chris Hillyard RVM Jan 21.

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SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP New…

Started by Simon Stevens

0 Sep 14, 2020

Bidford-on-Avon station photos

Hello folks - I'm interested in sourcing any historical photos of Bidford-on-Avon station and wondering if anyone here could help point me…

Started by Greg Wye

2 Aug 30, 2020
Reply by Greg Wye

Stored coaches

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire). There has been recent reference…

Started by Alan Brant

4 Aug 16, 2020
Reply by Ian Mathews

Concrete sleepers

I've been looking at the trackwork at Byfield station and it looks like concrete sleepers (late 50's). Would this be correct? If so, would…

Started by Clive

2 Aug 1, 2020
Reply by Clive

The Roade Connection

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 sta…

Started by peter fleming

2 May 19, 2020
Reply by Richard Denny

Way in

Hi there I hope you are all in good health. A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton. Apparently, these station…

Started by Jack Freuville

0 Mar 29, 2020

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield statio…

Started by Clive

2 Mar 21, 2020
Reply by Clive

Aircraft crash

Hello I’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia 08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford…

Started by Jack Freuville

8 Feb 16, 2020
Reply by Jack Freuville

Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign

To read the article about the Towcester Running in sign being unveiled follow link below https://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Northamptonshire/Tow

Started by Dick Bodily

2 Dec 21, 2019
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Towcester station sign unvieling

The unveiling of the Towcester Station Sign! To all our Towcester area members. Can anyone make the following event in Towcester tomorrow…

Started by Andy Thompson

1 Oct 10, 2019
Reply by Dick Bodily

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