‘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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Turntable at Burton Dassett

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

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The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 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 Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

Broom Junction station site for sale

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens Dec 11, 2017.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction?

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward Nov 24, 2017.


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

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Nov 22, 2017.

Fenny Comptn

HelloI purchased the book « Track Layout Diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29 » « Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Jcn Rly » by R.A.Cooke ISBN 10 :1 871674 20 4N page 29/9 on the 1903 track plan it shows a goods shed at…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Oct 16, 2017.

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Books and other printed reference to the ex SMJR



I have kept a reference schedule for many years and the recent postings by Dick and others confirm that there is not much out there (in or out of print) that we don't know about. My own list I will place on my page please feel free to use it and include any comments I have made on the site's definitive list in the index. You will note that I have also lodged a separate comment on the SMJ chapter in the book "Lost Railways of Warwickshire". I know only too well how hard it is to write any material for publication but consider that my comments should be put in the public domain. My submission to the publisher produced no response. It is vital that any correction is fair and accurate so please comment on the content of my document ref 03.05.


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Comment by Dick Bodily on October 21, 2011 at 10:15


This is spot on criticism of  The Lost Railways of Warwickshire as there are several errors as you've pointed out, mind you this is the case to some extent with most of the books and articles on the SMJ, the Riley & Simpson book being riddled with basic errors. Mr Kingscott has done a good job though for those people with a casual interest who want to find out what can still be explore of the county's lost railways in his Northamptonshire book. On another note, I've really enjoyed recently rereading your two articles about your memories of Stratford upon Avon and wondered if you had considered publishing them as they're a cut above the usual articles in magazines? If not have you considered putting the SMJ one onto a page on this website?

I will combine the additional books on your list with the ones I've already put on the webpage when I get around to finding the time to do it carefully.

All the best


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