‘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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Video: Stratford-upon-Avon to Towcester

I have added a video to the site's video page.https://youtu.be/DHCoijWc_t0Continue

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Started by Graham Ward Jul 28.

Binton Station

As I was in the vicinity this week I visited my old stamping ground of over sixty years ago, the former SMJ station at Binton. The former goods shed has been demolished, 24 upmarket dwellings have been constructed in the old yard and the former…Continue

Started by Paul Stratford Apr 23.

Would the GCR have gone via Towcester? 14 Replies

Looking through Mac Hawkins book on the GCR then and now, he mentions that the GCR were thinking of running a line connecting Brackley to Northampton and had provisionally made a mound ready for a platform to be later constructed but they dropped…Continue

Started by Gary. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 18.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 13 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Jim Goodman Apr 18.

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Midland Railway Society

The latest issue (no. 41, Autumn 2009) of the Journal of the Midland Railway Society features the SMJ, with a major article by Maurice Jeye…

Started by Geoffrey Kingscott

4 Nov 6, 2009
Reply by Dick Bodily


Dear All, Following a hunch that the Beyer Peacock record would be retained at the Museum of Science and Industy in Manchester, I found th…

Started by Si Donal

4 Nov 2, 2009
Reply by Barry Taylor


Dear All, I am sure the die hard SMJ enthusiats will have seen this but I found this site which has many pictures and details of the SMJ's…

Started by Si Donal

0 Oct 29, 2009

New Photos

For your information I have just added two photographs of SMJ No 5 in a later life as WD 94 at Catterick Camp Military Railway that may be…

Started by Dave Hayward

0 Oct 28, 2009

Silent Movie Image of the Karrier Ro-Railer

Hi all, I have drawn a blank at the British Film Institute in getting a copy of the Ro-Railer's publicity images. However thanks to the in…

Started by Si Donal

5 Oct 26, 2009
Reply by Peter S Lewis

The last passenger train on the SMJ?

Can we confirm that Ex-GWR Pannier Tank 6435 was the last passenger carrying train (although it was a spoecial and not a scduled run) over…

Started by Andy Thompson

12 Oct 20, 2009
Reply by Andy Thompson

Clive Boardman - Woodford fireman ( '56-'58) remembering trips along the SMJ

Clive Boardman was a fireman at Woodford from 1956-8. This was before the Stratford south curve was installed. He remembers night time work…

Started by Dick Bodily

2 Oct 8, 2009
Reply by Gary

Materials getting lost

I have read recently heard the (valid) point that things are getting lost, fragmented on the website. I would love some feed-back from you…

Started by Andy Thompson

14 Oct 7, 2009
Reply by Gary


Wel - Hello David. It has been a VERY long time since I had the chance to read something yu write. What a great surprise - but then I reca…

Started by adrian vaughan

0 Sep 21, 2009

Potential rolling stock survivor?

Once again folks I was having a trawl around the web & found this listing: http://www.cs.vintagecarriagestrust.org/se/CarriageInfo.asp?

Started by Gary

2 Sep 3, 2009
Reply by Gary


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