‘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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NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 24 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 Dec 1.

John Jennings

Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a look…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson Nov 28.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 12 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 Jim Brown Nov 23.

Warley Poster

Interesting to see Broom Junction layout photo on posters and adverts for the Warley Model Railway Show this weekend.Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Nov 21.

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Towcester Rural District Council Steam Roller - delivered by SMJ line to Towcester Station

Towcester Rural District Council Steam Roller - delivered by SMJ line to Towcester Station

Towcester RDC bought this vehicle new from Aveling & Porter in 1926. It was delivered by rail to Towcester LMS (formerly SMJR) station. It remained in service until 1959 being kept at the Brackley Road Council Depot next to the old workhouse. Its regular driver for many years was a Mr Leeson Lawrence. Later ownership passed to Northamptonshire County Council but it remained based at Towcester. The nearest other roller was based at Brackley. I almost certainly saw it in my childhood as I remember a steam roller being used outside my house in th early 50s. Owners Messrs R & N Emerton are anxious to find a photo of it working at Towcester.

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