‘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"
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 look…Continue
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
"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…"
"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…"
""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…"
"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…"