‘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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Harvard House Special 1909

A fine Elizabethen House in High Street, Stratford upon Avon was once owned by the family of John Harvard 1607 – 1638. He was the benefactor whose bequest established Harvard University in the USA. In the early part of the twentieth century the novelist Marie Corelli who had settled in Stratford led a campaign to acquire the property as a fitting memorial to John Harvard. It was purchased on behalf of Harvard University through the generosity of a Chicago millionaire Edward Morris in 1909. A special train was arranged by the Great Central Railway to convey the American Ambassador, Whitelaw Reid and other notable dignitaries from London to Stratford to officially open Harvard House in its new role. The recently formed SMJR was involved as the train was routed via its line from Woodford to Stratford with a SMJ locomotive being used for that part of the journey. A number of special trains took the same route in the few years up to WW1 and were always known as “Harvard Specials” by railway staff. Sometimes the GCR locomotive would work right through to Stratford. This was almost certainly due to the unreliability of the SMJ loco fleet in being able to handle such heavy trains.

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