‘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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Newport Pagnell OO gauge - MK Museum

I've added this photo album for Jon , David and anyone else to see. As its not SMJR related I will delete it after a few weeks. here is a linkNewport Pagnell OO gauge - MK…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Saturday.

Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 3 Replies

A very short clip of a cricket match at Roade. A goods train passes. Could it be on the SMJR?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnPSvt-NEeIContinue

Started by Ron Johnson. Last reply by Dick Bodily on Wednesday.

DVD on the SMJ 3 Replies

HiI’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.This company is now out of business and cannot be called upon to get a copy.If possible, I would wish to…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Dec 18, 2021.

2F WDs working to Bristol 5 Replies

In the 1950s/60s we had a regular working of a 2F Woodford Halse WD to Bristol. I was always intrigued by how they got there. Does anybody know if that was via the SMJR please?Continue

Started by Bob Bishop. Last reply by CLIVE BOARDMAN Dec 3, 2021.

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"Hi Jack I have a spare unused copy of 'The Shakespeare Route - The SMJ' DVD, as I ha…"

Mark Reader replied Nov 24, 2021 to DVD on the SMJ

3 Dec 18, 2021
Reply by Jack Freuville

"Hi Dave Eric Tonks included an excellent chapter on this topic in his book, ‘Ironsto…"

Mark Reader replied Feb 22, 2021 to Burton Dassett Cableway

1 Feb 22, 2021
Reply by Mark Reader

"Hi Jim & Steve Apologies for not remembering that we had met before. I meet so m…"

Mark Reader replied Jun 11, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18, 2021
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Jim & Steve Welcome to South Warwickshire. Given that you are clearly keen mo…"

Mark Reader replied May 29, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18, 2021
Reply by Jim Goodman

"At the Warley exhibition I eagerly hit the Lightmoor stand first thing on Saturday t…"

Mark Reader replied Nov 27, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Hi Barry Many thanks for such a comprehensive response. I've got copies of both publ…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 29, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
Reply by Mark Reader

"Thanks Barry Its great to hear that you can confirm it existed and have references t…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 20, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
Reply by Mark Reader

"Hi Barry Good luck with the final stages of your book. If you've not already started…"

Mark Reader replied Sep 5, 2015 to Missing photos of the SMJ

4 Sep 25, 2015
Reply by Peter William Reynolds

"Hi Jim I've recently viewed the Hillside 'Shakespeare Route', and agree with Nick t…"

Mark Reader replied Apr 19, 2015 to Old Cine Film of the SMJ.

9 Apr 20, 2015
Reply by Jim Goodman

"After discussions with Nick, I've also been looking more closely at this. If you loo…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 17, 2015 to M40 motorway

16 Apr 7, 2015
Reply by Barry Taylor

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