‘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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1959 rail tour

Also full details and timings of this tour on --rail tours 1959-- website with some nice photos of 45091

Started by ray w yesterday.

Sunday 9th August 1959 "Grafton " rail tour

Just found this ticket for above rail tour around East Midlands taking in Blisworth, Byfield and Woodford Halse, where 45091 was used. There is a fascinating account of this round trip from Kings Cross on the RCTS website Watford Branch Newsletter…Continue

Started by ray w yesterday.


There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Ian Merivale Sep 21.

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens Sep 14.

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At 11:36 on December 6, 2010, Andy Thompson said…

Sorry I could talk much last night - man flu! You got in OK then! Andy
At 9:39 on February 3, 2010, Dick Bodily said…
I don't think they are closely related but I will ask Bob when I next see him. Its quite a common name in South Northants, I know or knew of quite a few different families with the name.
At 21:01 on January 21, 2010, Dick Bodily said…
I was talking to another ex SMJ signalman today, I'm preparing a feature for the website on his memories, and he mentioned an ex-driver called Sid Whitmore who he he reckons lives at Blisworth. I wondered if you know him and if so do you think he might be interested in passing on some of his memories.
At 22:29 on November 16, 2009, Peter S Lewis said…

Welcome to the site....we shall look forward to your contributions!!

At 11:29 on November 16, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Welcome aboard Dave - so nice to have your knowledge and image library! I hope you are well


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