‘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"
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
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
Hello Peter, thanks for letting me join. Ah, London Midland, well, that came about because a few years ago I wanted to respond to a query posted by someone asking for some railway related information, and I had to come up with an email address to do so. Having lived within sight and sound of part of the LMR for over half a century, I have deeply fond memories of its trains and in particular the lovely maroon signs, so it was an easy choice.
I don't have a working railway background, although I am apparently distantly related to Robert Stephenson, and my grandfather was a Station Master on the LNER, but I have been fascinated by railways all my life.
The main reason I asked to join the SMJR was because, having just completed a 4mm scale model of a freelance branch terminus set in the Dorset/Hampshire area, I was looking round for my next modelling project. After reviewing several hundred station plans I came across Byfield, and was immediately hooked. Here was a delightful wayside station with passing loop, goods yard, shed(s), signal cabin, bridges and water tower, and, as a bonus, it saw traffic and locos from various regions as well as BR standard types. So, that is my next build, as faithful a replica of Byfield as I can make, but I'll be using a bit of modellers licence and will be assuming that it kept its passenger service long enough to receive the unwelcome attention of Dr Beeching, as my favoured era is the transition from steam to diesel, say the early 1960's. I am delighted that there is so much information available on this site to help me realise that aim.
I am about to speak to the W.I. at Bidford about our stretch at Cranhill and the nature reserve. Have included pics of Broom and Binton stations with railway track etc., maps, and a bit of history. 10th. March
Thank you Peter, I live in Foxcovert Drive, Roade - right where the line use to pass by and have been interested in it for the last few years. Out and about recently on my bike I have come across more and more of what was the SMJ so decided to join. I am originally from Loughborough so have been interested in the Great Central Railway for many years and this started my interest in old railways.
Many thanks Peter for letting me join. I walked the line yesterday between Blisworth & Tiffield, cant believe how much really remains, in such a short section. Took loads of photos and short video clips of what I found. I plan on walking the whole route over the winter period, so looking forward to that. I normally post on the FB page "Disused Railways" and have my own personal FB blog of my ramblings "The Last Trains Gone" you have an excellent site here that has already answered several questions on things I found yesterday. So many thanks, and look forward to posting shortly. All the best Terry.
The reason I have joined this group - beyond simple interest in the SuA&MJct Railway - is to seek the answer to a mystery. We have had a roll film donated to the HMRS which contains photographs taken between Evesham and Turvey. On the film is a mystery element that our picture detectives cannot place. Someone has produced a picture of the same or similar ironwork at Shanklin on the Isle-of Wight, but I believe that the initials shown read T-R-O - Towcester, Roade and Olney Junction Railway. Please see the links below;
no links that i know of yet. i believe my ancestors come from the area blakeley and i am a steam fan. i am having a G3 steam engine built and in my dreams would like to feature it on a station layout of interest/relevance to me...... so poss smj....... i am still researching .......
ps - i am very clunky at these blog/ forums ... so dont expectinteraction and convo!! i struggle to log on!!!
i will try and visit the 'line' soon - my sister lives at stratford.
Does the Society exist purely in virtual space or does it ever have meetings or events? Are there any museums of collections holding SMJ ephemera and artefacts? Seems a shame that it's history and local importance is so little appreciated.
My interest is merely that I have lived in the area for 20 years, first near Edgehill, then Banbury and now in Brackley. I have worked in Stratford and Banbury and all that time been aware of crossing the route of the SMJ repeatedly and in various places as I go about my life! I have done a bit of exploring of what's left of the line over the years and managed to acquire one or two relevant books. When I came across your SMJ site it filled in many gaps in my understanding. My particular interest is railway signalling and I have found signalling diagrams for many but not all of the key SMJ locations in books and on-line. I was born after the line closed and cannot claim any particular connection to it nor offer any new info but am happy to be part of keeping its memory alive! Best wishes,
I was born in Percy road WH. My father worked in the loco shed and was heavily involved in breakdown cranes. I am a Driver and fireman at the GCC and regularly travel out with Oliver Cromwell on the mainline with 5305La.
I'm a member of the Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society, which is based at Knightcote, not far north of Nirth End and Burton Dassert. I'm part of the N gauge group there who are currently planning our new layout, which is almost certain to be based on Kineton station.