‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Evesham Redditch & Stratford-upon-Avon Junction Railway 8 Replies

Did this railway (as opposed to the East & West Junction Railway) go into receivership - if so, when. And when did it come out of receivership?Continue

Started by Richard Maund. Last reply by Richard Maund Feb 11.

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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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