‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Evesham Redditch & Stratford-upon-Avon Junction Railway 8 Replies

Did this railway (as opposed to the East & West Junction Railway) go into receivership - if so, when. And when did it come out of receivership?Continue

Started by Richard Maund. Last reply by Richard Maund Feb 11.

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Last train 1952.

This newspaper cutting on the site, originally posted by Alwyn Sparrow,concerns the last train. However it states that a Mr Clifton had presented the very first ticket issued in 1875, Stratford to Salford Priors, to the Shakespeare Trust Museum. I…
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The original 1960 ground frame sign when on display at Stratford Railway Museum, sadly now closed. The railway collection contents were sold but the extensive model railway built by Mr Cowan is still awaiting a new home I believe.
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Model of the Old Station at the now closed Stratford Railway Museum in Rother Street.
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Dated 18 jan 1952 , just a few months before closure of passenger services.
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SMJ button

"SMJ buttons are not that common. I have seen them go for £200 in the past although this one at GCRA auctions was just £50"
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Original leaflet. Different stations to one in Arthur Jordan's book.
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Which station was not on the SMJ network?
Which rail company became a constituate part of the SMJ?
The East and West Junction Railway

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At 16:07 on January 18, 2024, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Peter

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