‘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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SMJR Logo 4 Replies

Hi ThereI’m planning to print some water slide decals of the EWJR and the SMJR in 4 mm scale.Can anybody help me sort out the size and color scheme?For the size; following photos, this would be between 3 and 4 mm in 1/76For the EWJR Garter I…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jim Goodman Aug 4.

Footage of the SMJR 1 Reply

Hello, I found your forum searching for the SMJR. I've just uploaded a digitised version of old cine film footage of the line to my Youtube channel. I will be selling the original Hillside cine film soon along with a few others I've collected…Continue

Started by G Essex Random Railways. Last reply by Jim Goodman Jul 3.

Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

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Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

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To all members /supporters,

Last year we had an excellent get together at Stratford on Avon, why not then a recall meeting at possibly the same venue next year?

A wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas, thoughts, experiences & show off our models & 'bit of collections' relating to the SMJR.

Let's all put all put a series of possible dates together to see what can be achieved.

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Sounds good!!!

Count me in!


Great idea for debate meeting -- can it be 'this end of the line' however -- Northampton or Towcester??

Great idea!!

As a fairly new member I would welcome a get-together. Before the majority of the line closed I went on one or two railtours in the 1960s. I particularly remember one from Fenny Compton to Broom Junction, where I remember seeing the points clipped and padlocked before passage of the train, and then on through Alcester. I also remember seeing bits of CAD Kineton.

John Barber

Yes, a  very good idea to get together as i just missed last year before i joined. I certainly will bring plenty of photographs of the S.M.J. around Stratford in the 1950 's. including the last passenger train.  Brian England.

Yes would look forward to another get together at Stratford on Avon the sooner the better, really enjoyed the last one Ray Hughes.

Good day out. Thoroughly enjoyed it last time. Would come to another. Suggest  late spring / summer as the days are longer and likely to be dryer under foot should we walk some of the trackbed.

Brilliant idea. Spring or Summer. Looking forward to it.

If I can, I'll be there!

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