‘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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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 with the hea…

Started by Dick Bodily

0 May 19, 2019

Planning Application for Binton Station Site

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site: Binton Station Planni…

Started by Simon Stevens

12 Apr 27, 2019
Reply by Rob Davidson

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.

Started by ray w

0 Apr 1, 2019

Site problems?

my screen is all squashed up. Only happened recently, and jot on any other sites I use. Using Safari on iOS.

Started by Simon Dunkley

1 Feb 28, 2019
Reply by Simon Dunkley

Line Speed

Probably a question or an answer that is on here somewhere and I have missed it, but what was the line running speed? Always get the impres…

Started by Gary

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

Interesting Ebay item

Thanks to Gary for the heads up! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254054775180 Andy

Started by Andy Thompson

1 Jan 8, 2019
Reply by Phil Street

Fenny Compton Goods shed

Hello Some time ago I posted a question concerning the goods shed at Fenny Compton as indicated in the book Track Layout diagrams of the Gr…

Started by Jack Freuville

1 Jan 8, 2019
Reply by Simon Dunkley

E&W JR first train

Hello Does someone have a copy of the picture of the first train running on the East and West Junction Railway as stated in J Dunn’s book T…

Started by Jack Freuville

1 Jan 7, 2019
Reply by Simon Dunkley

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

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…

Started by John Jennings

14 Dec 21, 2018
Reply by Barry Taylor

u-tube videos that might be of interest

This shows a local historian exploring Byfield, about 25 - 30 mins into it he looks at the site of Byfield station https://www.youtube.com/

Started by Dick Bodily

0 Dec 15, 2018

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