‘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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The Campion Family: SMJ employees 4 Replies

I would be grateful if anyone can let me know if there are any registers, documents or other employee information that exists where I might be able to find out more about the following members of my family:1. Henry Campion   1830-1910  Lived in…Continue

Started by David Campion. Last reply by David Campion Jun 28.

lManning Wardle lcomotive MOROUS

Read in recent  HERITAGE RAILWAY magazine that an original nameplate from this 1860's  loco has been donated to the Colonel Stephens Museum.   Interesting as apparently it started life as a contracter's loco building the E  and WJR  and then ran for…Continue

Started by ray w Jun 21.

Walking the SMJ 4 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 Simon Stevens May 27.

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.

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Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a lookhttp://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lms/john_jennings.htmAndySee More
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My love for the SMJ started with a pint of milk! As we walked into the door of Towcester's Tesco's, my brother said "of course you know this is where the station was!" That was it! I was bitten! 5 years on I have written articles on the SMJ, I give talks and the website has taken on yet another new look - I hope you enjoy it! Andy - Email me

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At 18:00 on November 8, 2018, D John Barber said…

Hello Andy.

I have received an e-mail from "James Pollard" who has "added a profile to your profile." and there are several what appear to be genuine links to the  SMJ web site.

Hw starts with "Good day. How is everything with you." then says he has "something very vital to you."

I think this is a scam and have not opened any links. I will forward the e-mail  to you or another member if you wish.

I cannot find "James Pollard" on the members list. Do you know if any other members have been contacted by him? Perhaps you may have heard of any instances.

Personally, I have now moved to Marsden in West Yorkshire but I still maintain a close interest in the SMJ site and the remains of the old railway itself, especially when we have to return to visit friends and relatives South of the Trent.

Finally, I do not appear to be listed on the members list.

Regards

John Barber

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At 15:54 on December 4, 2014, NIGEL said…

Hello Andy, with all that's going on at the moment as regards North End & Warwick Road stations, I have to report that an error has been made.

Photographic and map evidence of Burton Dassett platform put it on the Eastern side of Bridge 66, on the old A41 road, opposite the old sidings.

I reference Warwickshire Railways photo smjbd7, which is of the old abandoned platform building. The caption should read ' Looking West towards Kineton ' . I must admit that I have read articles that state this platform was between the bridge and the EHLR junction, but clearly this was wrong. This means that the bridge numbers index is correct at this point.

At 15:01 on August 1, 2014, Rachael Cox said…
So sorry I forgot to say. David Wellstood.
At 21:01 on June 19, 2013, Ron Johnson said…

Cheers, Andy.

At 16:55 on May 20, 2013, ray hughes said…

Hello Andy thank you for welcoming me to smjr railway society I look forward to enjoying beeing a  member 

              Best wishes Ray

At 14:17 on December 14, 2012, daniel pettman said…

many thanks,  i have spent ages looking at the images.

unfortunately i was born to late to see anything other than the carnage left after beeching. 

i am at a loss to try and find images or track layout for chacombe / chalcombe halt.  there are one or two images of the station in the george & dragon - but no real links have been found on the web...  i wonder if any members have any clues....

kind regards  daniel 

At 19:01 on December 9, 2012, NIGEL said…

Different view of photo you posted a few days ago, have you seen this?

At 13:55 on November 18, 2012, Dr Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton said…

thanks for this Andy.  has anybody researched the opening and closing dates of signal boxes on the SMJ?

At 23:11 on August 30, 2012, les gee said…

Hi Andy,thanks for the welcome,just been trying to find any pictures at all of the SMJ between Cockley and Helmdon, not had much luck so thought would try here.

Les

 
 
 

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