‘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 on Monday.

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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Sourced ages ago from an Auction catalogue, this is beleived to be a carriage print of an E&WJ or SMJ 2-4-0 and train leaving Stratford in the Blisworth direction. It's interesting because of the colour!

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Comment by ray hughes on October 18, 2014 at 18:24

I am lucky to own a framed picture of this image which was originally fixed in one of the smj carriages

Comment by Andy Thompson on May 21, 2011 at 12:00
Thanks for the info David. Andy
Comment by David Ford on May 20, 2011 at 10:22
One of the series of paintings commissioned by the L.M.R. (per George Dow ?) from Cuthbert Hamilton Ellis, prints of which were placed either side of the mirror in compartment stock. This one was titled 'Travel in 1895' and is, or was until recently, available as a repro. from the Friends of the National Railway Museum if anyone wants to acquire one.

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