‘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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SMJ Forum

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 Oct 15.

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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What unusual classes on SMJ metals do you know of ?

I am trying to put together a list of all the locomotive types that have ever been recorded on the SMJR routes. (ie. Cockley Brake Junction…

Started by Dick Bodily

28 Jul 16, 2009
Reply by John Jennings

GW locos working to Blisworth

Just read Dick's note about LNER types working east from Woodford, which reminds me of the few odd occasions when we got a GW 22xx 0-6-0 at…

Started by Barry Taylor

4 Jul 4, 2009
Reply by Dick Bodily

Great central loco & train at Stratford

Some years ago I recall seeing (during an illustrated talk - I cant remember who or when!) a copy of a photo of a GCR Atlantic loco and tra…

Started by Barry Taylor

6 Jun 11, 2009
Reply by Barry Taylor

Woodford Engines working eastwards over the SMJ Route.

I can remember instances in the 60s of light engine working of Woodford WDs, often hauling dead locos, through Blakesley towards Towcester.…

Started by Dick Bodily

0 Jun 11, 2009

Rail tours

The Railway Enthusiasts Club ran a rail tour on April 24, 1955, under the headboard The South Midlander. It came on to the S&MJR at Fen…

Started by Andy Thompson

4 Jun 9, 2009
Reply by Si Donal

SMJ signalmen safety regulations

Wanted - date when colour blindess tests introduced for signalmen. My grandfather CHARLES NEAL was signalman at Kineton. According to famil…

Started by John C. Neal

0 Jun 4, 2009

Was the SMJ ever going to work?

Lines like the SMJ across Northamptonshire sprung up by the tonne in the mid-1800's. My point is that they were never going to survive and…

Started by Andy Thompson

0 Apr 10, 2009

Broom Junction Model

Last week, as part of the research for my book, I had the enjoyable experience of an evening at the Warley Model Railway Club, looking at t…

Started by Andy Thompson

0 Apr 10, 2009

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