‘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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LMS BOXBOARD ----- SMJ LINE

Currently a boxboard from the line on offer on e bay. Ends  26th August.    Also a siver ewj  free pass was sold at auction recently for  £ 850 .  Pretty rare, nice it has survived .   Plus 2 cast iron smj bridge diamonds also sold  at auction quite…Continue

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Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive Aug 13.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive Aug 13.

The Campion Family: SMJ employees 5 Replies

I would be grateful if anyone can let me know if there are any registers, documents or other employee information that exists where I might be able to find out more about the following members of my family:1. Henry Campion   1830-1910  Lived in…Continue

Started by David Campion. Last reply by David Campion Jul 25.

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Books and other printed reference to the ex SMJR

02.03%20Stratford%20Transport%20references.doc

03.05%20Lost%20Railways%20of%20Warwickshire%20by%20Geoffrey%20Kings...

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.

John

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

John

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

Dick

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