‘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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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.

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 Jan 20.

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 Jan 19.

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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I regret that I have no info on this photo it came in a small collection without any info but perhaps someone can add detail?

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Comment by Dick Bodily on November 13, 2012 at 14:03

It's taken on the new extension leading up a steep gradient towards the cowsheds. The farm manager's bungalow, which is still more or less intact depite being abandoned over half a century ago, can be seen in the background. When Andy and I got special permission to visit the site some time ago we were both surprised that any loco could climb such a sttep gradient. Alec Wyatt, CWB's engineer is driving Blacolvesley, the petrol engine steam outline loco. That could be CWB in the black trilby next to him. A recent picture of  the loco which is owned by Dr Bob Tebb and kept at Ravenglass is attached. The hall would be out of sight just to the right of the picture. I've seen a very similar photo in Bob Tebb's book, probably taken on the same occasion, which is described as a visit to BMR by The Railway Club on 20th June 1910.

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