‘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"
Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society Go take a look…Continue
Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming. Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue
"Sounds about right for the track plan, although I disagree with the date of 1920 for the opening of traffic on this line. See the map below dated 1920 for this ' MINERAL LINE UNDER CONSTRUCTION'. The area shown is part of the rope worked…"
The embankment of the LNWR line to Cockley Brake is clearly visible even today although the M40 bisects it. The point at which the M40 crossed the line is the site of the WW1 Shell Filling Plant. You can see some of the brick…"
"It's under groups on the banner header of the site. You have to join the modelling group, then you can see the content. I think Andy created the group so that the real SMJ research was not cluttered with our efforts, some of which…"
"Now I am back in civilisation, modelling Blakesley has recommenced. I know it's not for everyone but It's looking pretty good now. (he said, modestly). There are recent colour pictures on the modelling groups pages."
M Christensen's booklet has it that the EHLR was constructed in 1919, Arthur Jordan states it was opened for traffic in 1920 and both agree that it was closed in 1925. The aerial rope-way finally closed in 1921, so I'll plump for…"
"Interesting to note that both the E.H.L.R. and the aerial ropeway are BOTH shown on the first plan of Burton Dassett junction. The aerial ropeway had, according to Tonks, closed by 1921 and equipment removed post 1929. The E.H.L.R. opened in 1922…"
I never cease to be amazed about just how much stuff turns up! Keep us posted about Dr Bob's book, in a small Dick and I helped him with it. Dick (having lived locally) got us access to the Hall site a few years ago and we had a good look 'round trying to answer some of the many questions
Some parts of Andy's original website still exist and can probably be reached at
or from a link on the Blakesley village website (About Blakesley page)
There's stuff I did about Woodford Halse among other things on there and from the Intro page of that site you can see Ron Fisher's colour piux of the SMJR. i think the Moreton page is the same as on the new site.