‘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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Turntable at Burton Dassett 2 Replies

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

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The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 Replies

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 War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

Broom Junction station site for sale

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens Dec 11, 2017.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction?

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward Nov 24, 2017.


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Fenny Comptn

HelloI purchased the book « Track Layout Diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 » « Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Jcn Rly » by R.A.Cooke ISBN 10 :1 871674 20 4N page 29/9 on the 1903 track plan it shows a goods shed at…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Oct 16, 2017.

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An Alphabetical List of SMJ Nicknames




(NB) The names in brackets refer to the person who supplied the info.


Banana Line - referring to Towcester - Ravenswood Junction section (Barry Taylor)

Bread and Herring - referring to Towcester - Ravenswood Junction
section (Robin Cullup / Andrew Smith)

Bread and Scrape - referring to Towcester - Ravenstone Junction section (David

Crab and Winkle - referring to the Towcester to Cockley Brake Junction section and used by Bletchley MPD staff who worked past Cockley Brake en route from Verney Junction  to Banbury. (Dick Bodily)

Dilly Dally - used by Northampton MPD staff (Dick Bodily)

Drum & Monkey - mentioned in a Tom Rolt book (Nigel Furness)

Erratic and Wandering Journey - E and WJR section generally  (Gary)

Fig  and Orange- mentioned in a Tom Rolt book (Nigel Furness)

Linger and Die - used at Roade ( Nigel Furness)

Nibble - used by Woodford Halse MPD staff to refer to the SMJ generally, and also sometimes to the Woodford West Junction. - Woodford 'North Junction' Curve  (Clive
Boardman / Dick Bodily)

Nibble and Clink - referring to the N and B section at Helmdon (Si Donal)

Save Me Jesus - around Blakesley and Towcester (David Guest)

Scratter - referring to Towcester - Ravenswood Junction section (Andrew Smith/ David Blagrove/Nigel Furness)

Slow, Miserable and Jolty - around Towcester (Robert Stephens)

Slow, Miserable and Jolting - around Blakesley (Dick Bodily)

Slow, Moulding and Joulting - around Stratford (Adrian Vaughan / Peter

Slow, Mournful Journey - around Stratford (John Jennings)

Smudge - around Stratford (John Jennings)

Strawberry and Marrow Jam - around Blisworth and Blakesley (Dick Bodily / George Coles)



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