‘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

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens 1 hour ago.

Burton Dassett Cableway

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward on Wednesday.

Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Nicholas Hemming Dec 30, 2020.

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My name is Andy Thompson and I am a digital marketer who loves the SMJ!  I not only have researched and sourced all the information for this website, but I have constructed it and regularly update it. I have written and had published articles on the history of The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway (the SMJ) since when I have become a railway historian, and one of the foremost experts on the SMJ, its evolution and demise.

My interest in the SMJ grows with every email, letter and phone call I receive, uncovering yet further aspects on what was a very minor railway company. Through my ever-growing knowledge, interest and experience I have developed a talk on the SMJ which I am able to bring to your organisation or group.


The talk is informative and full with the history of the line as well as much of the material you have seen on my website, including a selection of my collection as yet not on the website. I include:

  • A time-line history of the SMJ with PowerPoint
  • A journey along the line slideshow
  • Interviews with SMJ staff
  • A DVD (time allowing)
  • A tour of my website (if you have the internet)
  • Q+A

If your organisation or group requires a highly professional speaker contact me for more information dates and costs etc,
or ring 01404 851139

On a Friday in April, 2010 I was at Kettering. Here is the video! Thanks to Robin + Ian for the invite.


On Wednesday Feb 27th 2008 at Weston Favel, Northampton
I gave my S.M.J. talk to the Northampton branch of the RCTS. Watch the video!


On Friday March 27th 2009 at Banbury Road Oxford
I gave my S.M.J. talk to the GWR boys. Watch the video!


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