‘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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I went on 'The Wandering 1500 Tour' - Bob Hodson 1 Comment

The Wandering 1500 Railtour traversed the SMJ from Blisworth to Stratford upon Avon on Saturday 5th October 1963.  It was, I believe, the last passenger train to pass through Towcester - but I'l… View »

S&MJR Model Railway Layouts 6 Comments

As model railway clubs and enthusiasts often dismantle layouts in order to produce new projects there is no guarantee that all of these layouts are still in existance Broom Junction (O gauge) Warley… View »

Extracts from Blakesley Signalbox registers (kindly supplied by Robin Cullup) 2 Comments

Robin Cullup has kindly allowed me to put these extracts from a Blakesley Signalbox  register, which came into the possession of himself from the late Ian Lyman, onto this webpage.  The ori… View »

Visits to Towcester Station in its last days remembered by Graham Campion 1 Comment

  Northampton's 44524 seen at Towcester during the early '60s   Just noticed that it will be fifty years on 3rd February 2014 since the Woodford West-Blisworth Ironstone Mine section c… View »

The Blakesley Miniature Railway 1 Comment

NB. The Blakesley Hall site is completely private land and there is no public access at all so please don't trespass. This pioneering 15” gauge line, which was never officially known in its time as… View »

How the SMJR was linked to Gayton and Blisworth Ironstone Quarries 2 Comments

This webpage is primarily concerned with how the Gayton and Blisworth quarries were linked to the SMJR system, but for reasons of clarity I have also described the nearby link to the LNWR (West Coast… View »

Rubio - from Towcester Station to Aintree Legend

When Foinavon won the Grand National back in 1967 at 100-1 my dad’s cousin, a ex-Woodford driver in the passenger links, had backed it at an earlier price of 500-1 simply because he had drawn it… View »

Firing the Steel Trains – ex-Woodford fireman Albert Fennell

Albert on the footplate of the Gresley N2 tank at Loughborough   During the 1950’s previous to the closure of Stratford – Broom Junction of the SMJR,  five trains each way ran nightly alon… View »

East & West Junction and SMJR liveries 3 Comments

East & West Junction Railway  (revised with extra information fromSimon Dunkley) According to J M Dunn’s revised 1977 edition of The Stratford & Midland Junction Railway (Oakwo… View »

Ironstone links to the SMJR and LNWR at Gayton & Blisworth 4 Comments

I've drawn up this map with reference to Tonks' maps and also to evidence found when Andy & I visited the area in 2010. There were three main phases to the movement of ore by main line rail. Fir… View »

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