‘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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I've uploaded a couple of pages from a 1964 train register book i have..


What was the status of the lines around Towcester at this time? How far did they go? There is atrain signalled by the code 2-2-3. This suggests it stopped at an intermediate siding. Where was this?

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Although official closure from Blisworth Ironstone to Woodford West was 3rd February 1964 it is believed that the Woodford West pickup and Byfield ironstone trains stopped running about a month earlier.  2-2-3 code might have involved collecting wagons stored on the former Olney branch. Is this the last page with entries?

The last entry is 8 November 1964. The later the entry the less detailed it is. Some entries have notes like 'materials' and the are other comments like Ravenstone Wood line.


 Between the closure and 8th November the track was being progressively lifted westwards from the Blisworth end by PW trains accessing the closed line by reversal at Woodford West Junction. The trains were hauled by Woodford's 8Fs.Typically they would head off from Woodford early morning and return around teatime.Picture shows one such train passing Blakesley wrong line returning to Woodford.  Presumably there is a gap in the records after the official closure before these workings commenced and such workings would have continued after 8th November as track was lifted further west than Towcester.


There is not much written about what happened to lines after closure. I'd always imagined Blisworth being the point rails retreated to but Woodford makes sense. It was almost dead itself and lots of spare capacity.



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