‘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"


SMJ Forum

Burton Dassett Cableway 1 Reply

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. Last reply by Mark Reader on Monday.

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 Jan 22.

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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The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List 56 Comments

Advice for people wanting to find out more about the SMJR The definitive account of the line can be found in Barry Taylor's 'The Stratford-upon-Avon and & Midland Junction Railway (Volumes 1 … View »

Last Years of the SMJ Pickups 14 Comments

The last years of the SMJR line pick ups. (Local freight and ironstone trains in the ‘50s and ‘60s.)   Once the Towcester - Ravenstone Junction section of the former SMJR had closed, throug… View »

SMJ Related Links

Welcome to the Towcester and District Local History Society website   The town of Towcester (pop 9,000) lies 100km (60 miles) north of London, England in rural Northamptonshire. It is the oldest… View »

Mining Index

        The Reason It Came To Be Mining of the earth’s natural resources in the Blisworth area of Northamptonshire has been evident for many centuries. It was thi… View »


    Welcome to the SMJ index page. From here you can find your way to all the pages on the website. &nbs Links Visit the image library - Click here Visit the Albums -… View »

An Alphabetical List of SMJ Nicknames 1 Comment

      (NB) The names in brackets refer to the person who supplied the info.   Banana Line - referring to Towcester - Ravenswood Junction section (Barry Taylor) Bread and Her… View »

Gary's list of 'Surviving Locomotives known to have run on the SMJ' 9 Comments

      (Partially Updated - 3rd September 2014) ex-LMSR 4P 4-4-0 41000 owned by NRM but on SVR out of service and on display but has run in preservation. RAILTOUR visit to line 4M… View »

Gayton Wood Farm/Mining the Gayton Parish

  View Larger Map   Follow and maybe join a discussion around the subject View Larger Map An overview of the history of the mining/quarrying relating to the former Northampton… View »

The Sad Demise of the Stratford Slip Coach Service

      ‘Through Carriage to London’ announced the proud notice at Stratford Old Town as the 7.45am train for Blisworth prepared to leave from the ‘Up’ platform sometime in th… View »

Clive Boardman - Woodford fireman ('56-'58) remembering trips along the SMJ

    Clive fired WDs on the SMJ. Clive Boardman was a fireman at Woodford from 1956-8. This was before the Stratford south curve was installed. He remembers night time workings on loo… View »


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