‘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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Locomotive types seen on SMJR rails 32 Comments

loaned       Those of us who are old enough to remember the SMJR lines in steam days might be tempted to say that you only ever saw 4Fs or 8Fs,especially east of Woodford. By the ‘60s… View »

Bob Salmons - SMJ signalman

      ‘”You have to spend so much time down here, you might as well work for the railway!” pronounced Blakesley stationmaster Eddie Blandford. So I gave it my consideration and… View »

Bill Kendall 2 Comments

      Councillor Bill Kendall Councillor Bill Kendall is proud to be the oldest man in our village and has served continuously on our Parish Council for 38 years. He was born and br… View »

June Get-Together 5 Comments

      Find more photos like this on The Unofficial SMJ Society Please leave your comments about the day below. May-be some thoughts on any future get together's! - Andy  … View »

The N&B Stations

The Northampton & Banbury Junction Railway opened a station on the new main line at Blisworth and on May 1st 1866 ran the first train to Towcester. The following years saw the line push-on to Ban… View »

The first SMJ Get-Together 10 Comments

Share | Please put your name down here if you think you would be able to come. Can you also list any SMJ items you might be able to bring along for the day as exhibits. I am giving you a quick… View »

Aston Le Walls 4 Comments

Aston Le Walls was a small platform halt 2 miles and 10 chains west of Byfield station. Very few images exist of the halt with its tracks in situ.The following shot was taken in the 80's and has been… View »

Iron Works

      Production began in 1873 in connection with the development & erection of Towcester Furnaces, which consisted of two rotary furnaces of around 4 ton capacity, that… View »

Kineton Camp 1 Comment

  Contents and Labels with thanks from John Cosford Click below to find out about CAD KIneton's Locomotives CAD Kineton Locomotives 1952 - 1960.doc CAD KINETON – LOCOMOTIVES 1952 to 1960 (S… View »


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