‘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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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…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Oct 18.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 1 Reply

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Steve Johns Oct 16.

Towcester station sign unvieling 1 Reply

The unveiling of the Towcester Station Sign!To all our Towcester area members. Can anyone make the following event in Towcester tomorrow representing the society?Quote:"We have decided to do the unveiling ceremony at 4pm tomorrow, Fri 11 Oct, at…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by Dick Bodily Oct 10.

Aircraft crash 2 Replies

HelloI’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged until it was hit by a…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Oct 8.

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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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