‘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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Train Simulator SMJ

For those interested in the Train Simulator 2014 side of life... I've begun modelling the SMJ railway in the route creator/editor, using te…

Started by Richard Woods

7 Aug 8, 2017
Reply by Bob hawes

Barry's SMJ book

I see an advert for Volume 1 of Barry Taylor's SMJ history in RM. Apparently it will cover the E&WJR and N&BJR period pre SMJ and i…

Started by Dick Bodily

4 Aug 4, 2017
Reply by Dick Bodily

SMJ Section on the Warwickshire Railways website

I have now added more information, much of it generic, to the Warwickshire Railways website. Please review it and advise me if there are an…

Started by mike musson

0 Jul 29, 2017

SMJ section on Warwickshire Railways website

I have now added more information, much of it generic, to the Warwickshire Railways website. Please review it and advise me if there are an…

Started by mike musson

0 Jul 29, 2017

SMJ Blog

This is a link to my blog about the SMJ on the Amberley Books web site. I am an author for Amberley - hopefully you may find this potted hi…

Started by John Evans

0 May 25, 2017

Trespasser sign

Hello All.Brought myself a trespasser sign to restore. I have seen in it three colors....Black on white.White on black.White on red.Not sur…

Started by alan wilson

4 Apr 27, 2017
Reply by alan wilson

Updating the SMJ content on the Warwickshire Railways website

Hi everyone. I am in the process of updating the SMJ section of the website. Having learnt my lesson a few years ago when John Jennings to…

Started by mike musson

0 Apr 25, 2017

6800 at Byfield

I will be moving from LNWR/GNR territory at Peterborough to Byfield in May, I have had a poor copy of the attached photo for some time, cou…

Started by John Douglas

0 Apr 16, 2017

New book with SMJ interest

Just published - T.E.WILLIAMS - THE LOST COLOUR COLLECTION VOLUME 1 by Irwell Press - ISBN 978-1-9-911262-04-06  - £24.95 All are colour p…

Started by Barry Taylor

3 Apr 7, 2017
Reply by Dick Bodily

ex-SMJ regular on Heritage Railways DVD

With this month's Heritage Railway there's a DVD of the two preserved Great Central Railways made around 2000. Among the locos shown severa…

Started by Dick Bodily

0 Mar 10, 2017

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