‘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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Black & White photos of the SMJ

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 23 hours ago.

Newport Pagnell OO gauge - MK Museum 1 Reply

I've added this photo album for Jon , David and anyone else to see. As its not SMJR related I will delete it after a few weeks. here is a linkNewport Pagnell OO gauge - MK…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily yesterday.

Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 3 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 Dick Bodily Jan 12.

DVD on the SMJ 3 Replies

HiI’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.This company is now out of business and cannot be called upon to get a copy.If possible, I would wish to…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Dec 18, 2021.

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Comment by Dick Bodily on July 3, 2009 at 13:42
Can still see the cattle pen, LMS notice board (originally headed 'Midland') on the main station building, the toilets, the galvanised metal shed that was probably used as a bike shed or some kind of store - I can't remember and finally Ted Botterill's coal lorry's lockup garage (pale wooden building). The miniature railway platform's location is hidden behind the laurel bushes on the far right of the picture.
Comment by Ron Fisher on July 2, 2009 at 22:17
This was the sorry sight that greeted us on a visit to Blakesley station in July, 1965. The track has gone and the signal box demolished. All very sad. Blakesely is in Northamptonshire and, prior to closure, it was served by the Stratford upon Avon and Midland Junction Railway, later part of the L.M.S.

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