‘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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Walking the SMJ 2 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Jean Cholerton yesterday.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 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 Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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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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