‘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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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

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Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

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Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

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

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Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

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

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Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

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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Apologies for the quality of this video. 'Broom Junction' layout is a very accurate representation. It's recently been refurbished after a period when it wasn't shown and at Warley members of the Warley MR Society were running various trains on it so consequentally they were not always appropriate for the line, but it was great to see this fabulous layout on display again. A Webb 2-4-2T of the type that ran Towcester Race specials can be seen as can its more modern replacement on the autotrains that ran from Northampton to Blisworth, the Ivatt 2MT tank. The latter is seen coming off the SMJ.

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Comment by Dick Bodily on November 23, 2009 at 13:30

Its changed a bit since then, it was last on show there in 2007, somewhere on this website are photos I took then which aren't as good as the ones I took this year, but at least they showed a 4F on a SMJ train rather than a 2MT tank! They should build a layout called Blisworth then they would have the right trains: 2MT, Webb 2-4-2T and unrebuilt Scot. When I was knee high to a grasshopper I saw both an unrebuilt Scot at Blisworth and a Webb tank on a Blisworth train at Castle Station.

all the best

Comment by Peter S Lewis on November 22, 2009 at 21:19
Dick, When I first went to Warley a few years ago, this display was there...but I hadn't got my camera!
So this makes up for that!
Thank you.


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