‘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 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

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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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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