‘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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Burton Dassett Cableway 1 Reply

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Mark Reader Feb 22.

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Jan 22.

Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Nicholas Hemming Dec 30, 2020.

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Here I am feeling all chuffed because I have received a copy of my book titled 'Last Rites.' It tells the story of the destruction of Britain's steam railways and includes plenty of SMJ photos and a description of walking the whole railway 50 years ago, during which time I got arrested. Honest!!. It has 200 pictures, many from the Northampton area and includes ironstone lines. Available from Amazon and The Model Shop, Northampton.

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Comment by John Evans on April 24, 2016 at 11:51

Thanks Terry. It was fun recalling the old days, although not the hassle at Kineton military base! 

Comment by Terry Andrews on April 23, 2016 at 8:21

Hi John, Just got my copy of your book off Amazon.  Thoroughly enjoying it especially around the area of Woodford Halse and the GCR, an area I am very familiar with.
A great set of photographs that accompany the book as well.
Many thanks for producing it.

Comment by Jean Cholerton on April 15, 2016 at 15:04

Thank you for the `Last Rites` mention.  I have just ordered it online for my husband`s birthday.

He will be chuffed.  He is currently working on what was the SMJ (Broom junction/Stratford section) planting suitable hedging/trees for wildlife. 

Best wishes to the all the members of the S.M.J. Society.

Jean Cholerton 

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