‘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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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

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

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

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

Station Masters

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsxChris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and…Continue

Started by Graham Ward Feb 7.

Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 4 Replies

A very short clip of a cricket match at Roade. A goods train passes. Could it be on the SMJR?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnPSvt-NEeIContinue

Started by Ron Johnson. Last reply by Chris Hillyard RVM Jan 21.

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Comment by Dick Bodily on September 5, 2009 at 19:40

It was also used in the building of Nottingham Victoria Station (GC) in its early

Comment by Andy Thompson on September 5, 2009 at 15:20
Have you been to this page gents? http://thesmjr.ning.com/page/byfield-quarries
Comment by Gary on September 5, 2009 at 12:40
Comment by Peter Fleming on September 5, 2009 at 9:30
I believe so Peter.

Sir Berkeley was pretty old and had been around a bit.

It was a Manning Wardle of 1891 and arrived at Byfield in 1959 from Cranford, before that it was with a contractors until 1934 and spent some war years at Pilton in Rutland.

(Source Eric Tonks).
Comment by Peter S Lewis on September 5, 2009 at 8:57
Is this the Sir Berkeley of "The Railway Children" fame?
The atmospheric shots in this group of photos is particularly evocative..


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