‘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 2 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 Jean Cholerton yesterday.

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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Jul 29, 2015
NIGEL replied to Si Donal's discussion 'EHLR JUNCTION'
"Sounds about right for the track plan, although I disagree with the date of 1920 for the opening of traffic on this line. See the map below dated 1920 for this ' MINERAL LINE UNDER CONSTRUCTION'. The area shown is part of the rope worked…"
Dec 4, 2014
ray hughes commented on Si Donal's photo

smj carriage print

"I am lucky to own a framed picture of this image which was originally fixed in one of the smj carriages"
Oct 18, 2014
Si Donal replied to Gary's discussion 'Banbury Merton Street approach from the air'
"Gary, The embankment of the LNWR line to Cockley Brake is clearly visible even today although the M40 bisects it.  The point at which the M40 crossed the line is the site of the WW1 Shell Filling Plant.  You can see some of the brick…"
Oct 17, 2013
Si Donal commented on Si Donal's photo


"It's under groups on the banner header of the site.  You have to join the modelling group, then you can see the content.  I think Andy created the group so that the real SMJ research was not cluttered with our efforts, some of which…"
Oct 14, 2013
Dick Bodily commented on Si Donal's photo


"Si   How do we find the modelling pages you mentioned?   Dick"
Oct 14, 2013
Gary commented on Si Donal's photo


"Very nice Si."
Oct 14, 2013
Si Donal commented on Si Donal's photo


"Now I am back in civilisation, modelling Blakesley has recommenced.  I know it's not for everyone but It's looking pretty good now.  (he said, modestly).  There are recent colour pictures on the modelling groups pages."
Oct 13, 2013
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Oct 13, 2013
Si Donal replied to Kelvin White's discussion 'Private Owner Wagons on the SMJ in the Pre-Group Era'
"Oh, also Wombwell Main wagons for CW Bartholomew at Blakesley. "
Oct 13, 2013
Si Donal replied to Kelvin White's discussion 'Private Owner Wagons on the SMJ in the Pre-Group Era'
"Kelvin, Williams of Towcester also took wagonloads of Coalite smokeless fuel in the 1930s in Coalite wagons. Si"
Oct 13, 2013
Si Donal replied to Andy Thompson's discussion 'SMJ get-together 2013.'
"I'll be there.  I shall bring the Blakesley Model Layout which will be complete on the scenic side but perhaps a little rough in terms of presentation.  Look forward to meeting you all."
Apr 25, 2013
Si Donal commented on Andy Thompson's photo

Form of tender

"I hoped that someone within the SMJ Community had won this...."
Apr 9, 2013
Jim Goodman replied to Si Donal's discussion 'EHLR JUNCTION'
"Hi Nigel, M Christensen's booklet has it that the EHLR was constructed in 1919, Arthur Jordan states it was opened for traffic in 1920 and both agree that it was closed in 1925. The aerial rope-way finally closed in 1921, so I'll plump for…"
Apr 1, 2013
NIGEL replied to Si Donal's discussion 'EHLR JUNCTION'
"Interesting to note that both the E.H.L.R. and the aerial ropeway are BOTH shown on the first plan of Burton Dassett junction. The aerial ropeway had, according to Tonks, closed by 1921 and equipment removed post 1929. The E.H.L.R. opened in 1922…"
Apr 1, 2013
Si Donal replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'Unidentified locations on the SMJ'
"I'm drawn to the idea of the Stratford - Broome section.  A number of published 1950s pictures show fresh ballast.  It's also a fairly flat stretch of line."
Mar 24, 2013

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At 20:59 on January 16, 2013, Andy Thompson said…

Cheers Si! You going make Stratford in May?


At 19:12 on January 29, 2012, Andy Thompson said…


Well Im sorry about the pox! Good to have you back online. Very busy this end but always around.


At 12:41 on June 13, 2011, Andy Thompson said…















Warning This is the real Si Donal. The other profile image is that of an imposter and has been removed!



At 9:22 on May 13, 2011, Andy Thompson said…


I never cease to be amazed about just how much stuff turns up! Keep us posted about Dr Bob's book, in a small Dick and I helped him with it. Dick (having lived locally) got us access to the Hall site a few years ago and we had a good look 'round trying to answer some of the many questions


At 20:10 on August 10, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Nice photo Si, go on then!
At 19:42 on July 31, 2009, Dick Bodily said…
A plan of Blakesley station was in March 1968 Railway Modeller. contact me on valdick.bodily@btinternet.com for further details
At 15:09 on June 11, 2009, Dick Bodily said…
Some parts of Andy's original website still exist and can probably be reached at
or from a link on the Blakesley village website (About Blakesley page)
There's stuff I did about Woodford Halse among other things on there and from the Intro page of that site you can see Ron Fisher's colour piux of the SMJR. i think the Moreton page is the same as on the new site.


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