‘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 13 Replies

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

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor on Saturday.

standard station design? 1 Reply

I have just noticed that Byfield and Blakesly station buildings look identical and also Morton Pinkney looks similar. Was it a standard design? Also can any one tell me where i might be able to find a photo of the non platform side i.e. entrance.…Continue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Sep 20.

Fenny Compton

HiI’ve just purchased the book « Track layout diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29” by R.A.Cooke and notice that on page 29/9 concerning Fenny Compton, he mentions a goods shed at the end of the exchange sidings as…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Sep 6.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 7 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by John Douglas Aug 25.

Train Simulator SMJ 7 Replies

For those interested in the Train Simulator 2014 side of life... I've begun modelling the SMJ railway in the route creator/editor, using terrain from imported Google Earth and imagery of the line from the SMJ days. As you'd expect, the route is…Continue

Started by Richard Woods. Last reply by Bob hawes Aug 8.

Barry's SMJ book 4 Replies

I see an advert for Volume 1 of Barry Taylor's SMJ history in RM. Apparently it will cover the E&WJR and N&BJR period pre SMJ and is being published by Black Dwarf mid-August, cost &25 plus p.p.Continue

Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily Aug 4.

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Byfield station

Photographed from the top of a signal post on April 4 1966.For those who have not done this, I would seriously not recommend it. I did it twice - here and at Farthingstone station. Each time I felt I was going to die. Even now, 46 years later, I can feel this signal swaying when I look at this photograph. (April 4 1966)

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Comment by Clive on September 9, 2017 at 17:16

Hi John, really glad you took the risk to climb the post for this photo.It's fantastic! I was born in Byfield in 1960 and lived there for 24 years, ( my mum still does). I have recently been toying with the idea of building a model of Byfield station, still to work out whether 00 finescale or N, so much information. Thankyou

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