‘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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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

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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

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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.

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ex-LBSCR 'A1X' . as EHLR No.1 on 18/10/30.Note 'EHLR' on tanks side.
Photographer Dr. Jack Hollick

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Comment by adrian vaughan on September 11, 2009 at 18:02
Hello Gary,

Well - I'm not an LMS person at all and I stand to be corrected - but - judging form the image of the ancient negative I would have said it was in maroon livery. It does not give the impression, the the picture, that it is black.
Comment by Gary on September 11, 2009 at 16:41
What colour would this loco have been?
(Apart from grubby?)

Apparently No.1 was LBSCR 673 "Deptford" and No.2 formerly 674 "Shadwell"
Comment by adrian vaughan on September 11, 2009 at 14:56
Dr. Jack would be very pleased to know his pictures give so much pleasure.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 11, 2009 at 13:25
I've seen a painting of this one! Oh, Gary, the time machines already booked!
Comment by Gary on September 10, 2009 at 18:46
Oh for a time machine....

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