‘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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NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 24 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Dec 1.

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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Warley Poster

Interesting to see Broom Junction layout photo on posters and adverts for the Warley Model Railway Show this weekend.Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Nov 21.

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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
Pete

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

Dick
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.

Peter

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