‘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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Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

Station Masters

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsxChris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and…Continue

Started by Graham Ward Feb 7.

Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 4 Replies

A very short clip of a cricket match at Roade. A goods train passes. Could it be on the SMJR?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnPSvt-NEeIContinue

Started by Ron Johnson. Last reply by Chris Hillyard RVM Jan 21.

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The final days. A Black '5' at Blakesley

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Comment by Ron Fisher on July 7, 2009 at 22:27
It is indeed a Black 5 - 45287, in fact, as stated in my caption.

Comment by Dick Bodily on July 3, 2009 at 13:34
I like all of your SMJR pictures, Ron. I know Andy has transfered them along with a lot of others 'en block' from the old website. Hence the error, this is in fact a Black 5. I used to live at Blakesley at the time you took these pictures and know that Black 5s were really rare on trains through there. Usually the pickup was a Northampton 4F and the Blisworth iron ore trains were their 8Fs. Presumably Northampton had nothing more suitable on the day. Not sure but this engine may have been a Bedford 14E loco.
Comment by Ron Fisher on July 2, 2009 at 22:19
Blakesley station on the Stratford upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway in Northamptonshire once had a 15 inch gauge miniature railway connecting it to the nearby Blakesley Hall. This had long gone by January, 1964 when I photographed Stanier 'Black 5' 4-6-0 45287 on a freight working.

Ron Fisher.

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