‘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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Towcester Railway Junction Print/Engraving.

Tomorrow (17th April 2021) W&H Peacock Auctioneers in Bedford are auctioning two hand tinted engravings entitled "Opening The Towcester Junction Railway" and "Her Majesty's Return - The Weedon Station", and is Lot No 382 in Sale Room No 5…Continue

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Michael Mccarthy 3 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 Paul Dowding Mar 13.

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.

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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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