‘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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1959 rail tour

Also full details and timings of this tour on --rail tours 1959-- website with some nice photos of 45091

Started by ray w yesterday.

Sunday 9th August 1959 "Grafton " rail tour

Just found this ticket for above rail tour around East Midlands taking in Blisworth, Byfield and Woodford Halse, where 45091 was used. There is a fascinating account of this round trip from Kings Cross on the RCTS website Watford Branch Newsletter…Continue

Started by ray w yesterday.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 12 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Ian Merivale Sep 21.

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…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens Sep 14.

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Byfield station woodwork colour

Hi, as anyone any idea what colour the doors would have been on the station building. I have a vague recollection that they were a maroonis…

Started by Clive

0 Mar 21

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
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
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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

Fowler 3F 2-6-2T

Hello Would anybody have any information on Fowler 3P 2-6-2T running on the SMJR and are there any photos available Best regards Jack

Started by Jack Freuville

2 Sep 26, 2019
Reply by Dick Bodily

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

0 Aug 13, 2019

The Campion Family: SMJ employees

I would be grateful if anyone can let me know if there are any registers, documents or other employee information that exists where I might…

Started by David Campion

5 Jul 25, 2019
Reply by David Campion

lManning Wardle lcomotive MOROUS

Read in recent  HERITAGE RAILWAY magazine that an original nameplate from this 1860's  loco has been donated to the Colonel Stephens Museum…

Started by ray w

0 Jun 21, 2019

Walking the SMJ

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 s…

Started by Michael Roake

4 May 27, 2019
Reply by Simon Stevens

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