‘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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2F WDs working to Bristol

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 on Friday.

Talk to Welford Local History Society

I live in Welford on Avon which now incorporates the former Binton Station with its recent housing development.The local history society is currently planning its 2022/23 programme of events and talks and would be keen to include a talk on the…Continue

Started by John Read Oct 8.

Broom Junction station site for sale 2 Replies

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

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Oct 4.

Salvaged track bolts 2 Replies

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Russ Firth Oct 3.

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A fabulous day at Stoke Bruerne, despite no model layouts being on show unlike the year previous, but the discussion between some of the SMJ members who attended was as is with the forum web page, facininating as always.

I was taken in by the SMJ (or earlier edition) rule book pertaining to "no loco's to be run bunker first..." which seems to indicate that the quality of the SMJ trackbed was not too clever at the best of times, relating this to my 'O' gauge loco of a Beyer Peacock 2-4-0, one has to watch the point work & track radii when running this model, the full size versions may not have ridden too well either.

The distance between centres between the pony wheels & 'First' driver seems to be the culprit, my model is heavily weighed down (& balanced) but how well the actual loco's performed on SMJ's track is another but arguable guess to the factors with this loco type being a choice for sale to the WD in WW1?

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Good to see you again Ian. Ideas for something different for necdt time maybe?


Andy Thompson said:

Good to see you again Ian. Ideas for something different for necdt time maybe?


I am thinking about this, I'll give you my thoughts soon.

Ian Scott said:

Andy Thompson said:

Good to see you again Ian. Ideas for something different for necdt time maybe?


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