‘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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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

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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

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Like others I have received the same scam message, my strong advice is delete it immediately and clear it from your 'recycled bin'. It will either directly contain a virus or a link that tries to get your money one way or another.Dave HaywardContinue

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Add me to the list of recipients of this unusual email. This is the second message from him this year and the second time I've deleted it! An unknown, unsolicited message that, unless more information is forthcoming, I will continue to ignore them.Continue

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Which station was not on the SMJ network?

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At 19:26 on May 9, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Michael - thanks for that. Its always good to know people are visiting! Anything which comes to mind and anything you want to add - please feel free! I'm in Henley On Arden in June giving my talk!

Speak soon

At 19:11 on May 9, 2009, Michael Forsyth said…
Hello Peter, thank you for the welcome. I have had a lifelong interest in the SMJ; Started by my Grandfather (John McLeash) in the mid 60's, taking me to Blakesley, where he had lived as a boy and walking along the track, when it was still down, I have frequently visited this website for some time, and thought I should join to show support.
At 21:50 on May 5, 2009, Peter S Lewis said…
Welcome to the site, Michael!
At 15:48 on May 1, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Michael. Thanks so much for joining the SMJ website. Tell me about those pic-nics. Do you know a Dick Bodily or a Lloyd Penfold? Go and have a look at the Blakesley page

I look forward to hearing from you


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