‘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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MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 10 Replies

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 Ian Merivale yesterday.

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens on Monday.

Bidford-on-Avon station photos 2 Replies

Hello folks - I'm interested in sourcing any historical photos of Bidford-on-Avon station and wondering if anyone here could help point me in the right direction? (There are a few on…Continue

Started by Greg Wye. Last reply by Greg Wye Aug 30.

Stored coaches 4 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Ian Mathews Aug 16.

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I have recently been transcribing the 1949 Freight Working Time Table for the SM&JR route  from copies taken of the volume in the National Archives into a spreadsheet, with the intent of merging…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Meredith Mar 7, 2016.

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While we were exhibiting at the Great Electric Train Show at Gaydon last weekend (10-11 October 2015 a former railwayman from Leamington Spa Station came and chatted with us. Amongst other things he…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Meredith Nov 4, 2015.

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Does anyone have any good information on the paint colours seen on the buildings of the SMJ during the 20th century?The only decent colour pictures I have seen indicate a pale cream with dark brown…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Mar 27, 2015.

 

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Nick Meredith replied to David Campion's discussion 'The Campion Family: SMJ employees'
"The National Archive at Kew has the staff record book from the start of the SMJ railway through to weeks before the grouping. It is a large format book so has to be viewed in the maps reading room. Each employee has a section of a page, with a…"
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At 18:30 on February 19, 2015, Jim Goodman said…

Hi Nick,

In the depths of this website there is a modelling section:-

http://www.smj.me/group/smjmodelling

I am responsible for the humble attempt at Blisworth SMJ (property of Kettering and District MRS).

A few members were kind enough to ask when it will next be exhibited. This year's show will be on Saturday 6th June at Wren Spinney School in Kettering - more details to follow closer to the time.

I hope this is of interest to you.

Jim.

At 19:17 on February 18, 2015, Dick Bodily said…

Nick,

I met Mr Reader, forget his first name, at MK Model Railway Exhibition last Saturday.  He was talking about a future pre WW1 Kineton layout, presumably this is the same project as yours.  Point is, he had tried to join this website but had experienced difficulty receiving some sort of automatic returned email message. I looked to see if I had received a request to join email from him as I normally would. If you know this gent tell him to reapply to join the website and there shouldn't be any problem.

Dick Bodily

At 17:38 on February 17, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Nick,

So there'll be plenty here for you to base the layout on!

Peter

At 14:29 on February 17, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Nick,

A warm welcome!

What connections do you have with the SMJ?

Peter

 
 
 

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