‘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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Walking the SMJ 4 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 27.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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At 21:54 on August 9, 2009, Steve Purcell said…
Welcome Tony! From an ex-Ontario person who worked on ETR #9 at St Thomas back in the 1990s. Not that that has any relevance to the SM&J, but at least it may make you feel more at ease with a fellow Canuck on board!
At 14:13 on April 15, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
We'd love to hear your memories Tony.
At 15:55 on April 11, 2009, Peter S Lewis said…
Hello Tony,
Thanks for the reply...
The railway history of the UK and the world is worth hanging on to..
I marvel at the technological and engineering innovations which the railways..and steam locomotion, engendered.
The recent addition of the Peppercorn loco Tornado testifies to the longevity and durability of the technology...

Best regards,

Peter S.Lewis
At 9:01 on April 11, 2009, Peter S Lewis said…
Hello Tony,

I daresay there is a very good reason why someone living in Ontario, Canada, has an interest in the SMJ!!??

Peter S.Lewis

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