‘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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Single track?

Would I be right in assuming that the SMJ was single track all the way apart from passing loops at the stations?Continue

Started by Nicholas Hemming Nov 12.

working timetables.

Hello,Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradshaws.Also, were parcels trains ever routed along the SMJ during BR days?Finally what was the intensity of freight…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson Nov 9.

SMJ maps and booklet 3 Replies

Hello, I live in Southern Alberta, Canada and I'm nearer to 80 than 70. Methinks it is time to reduce my railwayana before it is consigned to the trash. Heaven forbid! My model railway is set in about 1953 and based on a ficticious branch running…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson. Last reply by Steve Johns Nov 1.


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 Barry Taylor Oct 25.

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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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