‘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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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.

Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 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 Nicholas Hemming Dec 30, 2020.

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Locomotive nameplates
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Hi,I'm working on a 5" gauge model of SMJ 16.  I'd like to make some nameplates for this loco and I need some details to make these as realistic as possible.Did any SMJ locos ever have nameplates ?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Si Donal Nov 24, 2012.


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At 8:38 on November 29, 2012, John Jennings said…


You have picked the one SMJ loco that seems to have the fewest surviving photographs!! I have long been aware of this and No16 was definitly camera shy. I can confirm the previous comments that no E & W or SMJ loco ever carried a nameplate although one of my notes of interviews with ex employees made in the 1960's does carry the comment that the name "Harvard" was considered for loco 18 at one time. Whether this was an official suggestion or just a rumour amongst the employees I cannot say. The SMJ minute books for the period are incomplete so we will never know. The attractive plates carrying the company initials and running number that appear on many locos are of course very distinctive and an unusual embellishment for such a poverty stricken outfit. To the best of my knowledge none survive with collectors. The worksplates were standard Beyer Peacock items and fitted as stated.


At 19:06 on October 30, 2012, Andy Thompson said…

Welcome to our merry little band  Steve! Andy


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