‘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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Turntable at Burton Dassett 2 Replies

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader on Tuesday.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

Broom Junction station site for sale

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens Dec 11, 2017.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction?

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward Nov 24, 2017.


Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Nov 22, 2017.

Fenny Comptn

HelloI purchased the book « Track Layout Diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 » « Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Jcn Rly » by R.A.Cooke ISBN 10 :1 871674 20 4N page 29/9 on the 1903 track plan it shows a goods shed at…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Oct 16, 2017.

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Lloyd Penfold replied to John Jennings's discussion 'The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour'
"Thanks for the information on these fascinating documents, and the valour of those to whom they are a remembrance. I see the scroll is signed "Harry Furniss", and a little research finds him as an illustrator of some repute (see…"
Aug 11, 2012
Lloyd Penfold replied to Si Donal's discussion 'SMJ ADVERT'
""A.E. Diggins, Traffic Manager, Stratford-on-Avon." On 2nd April 1911 Arthur Ernest Diggins (b.1872 Kings Lynn - d.1955 Ipswich), wife Ethel Dawson Diggins nee Souter (b.1873 Chesterfield, married 1903 Chesterfield, d.1930 Uxbridge), sons…"
Jan 25, 2012
Lloyd Penfold replied to John Evans's discussion 'SMJ number-takers book'
"The 1911 census has William John Steel aged 18 ( so born c.1893) living with widowed mother Ann Maria Steel and younger siblings Anne Maria (14), Harry Thomas (12), Luke Bejamin (8), Albert James (5), and Ernest Stephen (3) at 10 Sidney Road…"
Oct 21, 2010
Lloyd Penfold commented on Andy Thompson's photo

Stratford 21D shed track remains in 2009

""I've recently been told by someone local to the area that at some time in the past a wagon stood on display on this short section of track. Can anyone confirm or refute?" - Dick There used to be a wagon from the Stratford and…"
Oct 21, 2010
Lloyd Penfold left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"Hi there Peter.As a youngster I used to stay with relatives at Blakesley in the late 50s & early 60s, the railway was one field from their house. I would wait to see the daily train at about 10:20 in the morning, and sometimes its return in the…"
Apr 13, 2009
Peter S Lewis left a comment for Lloyd Penfold
"Lloyd, Welcome aboard! And what particularly makes you an SMJ supporter? Peter"
Apr 13, 2009
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At 18:50 on April 13, 2009, Peter S Lewis said…

Welcome aboard!
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