‘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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Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 14 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Nov 22, 2017.

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An original bridge plate from an underbridge to the west of BYFIELD station. These attractive little plates are comparatively scarce. I have only seen no 47 and 31 over the years although there may be others

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Comment by ray w on July 7, 2018 at 18:25

Many thanks Nigel for identifying exact location of no 48 bridge plate. These plates are unique to the smjr and are quite light for cast iron, possibly why many were later replaced by the lms or br type.  

Comment by NIGEL on July 7, 2018 at 12:23

This number refers to the Parsons Spinney Bridge on the Fenny Compton to Byfield section. An underline bridge of the 'occupation' type. No company markings on this type, but see Knightcote Road bridge no.64 plate - oval and has the distance in miles and chains from Blisworth Station.

Comment by Dick Bodily on July 4, 2018 at 10:20

This is interesting Ray, having seen your pic I remember seeing at least one of these somewhere on the SMJ, probably near Towcester or Blakesley back in the 50s or 60s and had completely forgotten about this type since. Children at TGS were sent on cross country runs which took in part of the N&BR closed line and we used to take a short cut along the still used Greens Norton Junc to Towcester section of the E&WR. We village kids used to wander along the track from Blakesley to take a short cut to Plumpton Wood or to walk towards Greens Norton especially if the Hunt were about. So it could have been somewhere thereabouts. The oval LMS replacements were much commoner, I have LMS 22.

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