‘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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Walking the SMJ 2 Replies

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 sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Jean Cholerton yesterday.

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…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 Replies

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

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 27.

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.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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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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