‘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' 

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Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Dec 1.

John Jennings

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

Started by Andy Thompson Nov 28.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 12 Replies

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

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Jim Brown Nov 23.

Warley Poster

Interesting to see Broom Junction layout photo on posters and adverts for the Warley Model Railway Show this weekend.Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Nov 21.

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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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