‘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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Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 43222 at Broom North Signal Box

Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 43222 passes Broom North Signal Box with a SLS Railtour on 29th April 1956

Photographer JE Norris

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Comment by mike musson on May 10, 2017 at 9:04

Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 43222 passes Broom North Signal Box with a SLS Railtour on 29th April 1956. The Stephenson Locomotive Society Railtour commenced at Kings Cross and proceeded to Hertford, Hitchin, Bedford, 0lney, Towcester, Stratford, Broom, Redditch, New Street to return to Euston via Coventry, Leamington, Rugby. The locomotive has just completed the Stratford upon Avon to Broom section of the former SMJ line and is now heading towards New Street via Barnt Green. Built as Midland Railway No 3222 by Derby works in 1890, the locomotive was allocated No 43222 in July 1949 which it retained until June 1959 when it was withdrawn from 41B Sheffield Grimesthorpe shed to be scrapped.

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