‘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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u-tube videos that might be of interest

This shows a local historian exploring Byfield, about 25 - 30 mins into it he looks at the site of Byfield stationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUkTcCWk4YkThis shows steam on the Paddington…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Saturday.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 24 Replies

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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.

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Whilst researching "Sussex in The Great War". a poster featuring the S.M.J. as "The Shakespeare Line" advertising Brighton. How?

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Comment by Jim Goodman on September 10, 2018 at 18:43

This rang a bell with me and, trawling through past comments I found this from 2015: Brighton Poster

The feeling was that it was a stock poster with 'The Shakespeare Route' printed over it.

Jim.

Comment by Dick Bodily on September 9, 2018 at 9:26

The management of the small SMJR company used advertising like this out of proportion to the company's passenger usage, not without some success in increasing revenue. Prospective passengers to Brighton would have changed to LNWR services at Blisworth.

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