‘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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SMJR Logo 4 Replies

Hi ThereI’m planning to print some water slide decals of the EWJR and the SMJR in 4 mm scale.Can anybody help me sort out the size and color scheme?For the size; following photos, this would be between 3 and 4 mm in 1/76For the EWJR Garter I…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jim Goodman Aug 4.

Footage of the SMJR 1 Reply

Hello, I found your forum searching for the SMJR. I've just uploaded a digitised version of old cine film footage of the line to my Youtube channel. I will be selling the original Hillside cine film soon along with a few others I've collected…Continue

Started by G Essex Random Railways. Last reply by Jim Goodman Jul 3.

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.

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This is bridge 166 on the Hartwell road out of Roade - as suggested by Jim this might be the unidentified pic location - the view is looking down from the bridge towards the camera. In the distance can just be seen the white water tower that still stands next to the WCML at Roade. This bridge has now totally gone, along with most traces of the trackbed.

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Comment by Mike Smith on November 4, 2015 at 23:07

This started my interest in the SMJ, I live right where this bridge use to be and always wondered what it looked like

Comment by Richard Woods on March 30, 2013 at 15:32

I know of bridge 157 between Showsley and Stoke Bruerne and bridge 168 between Hartwell and the M1 are both single arched bridges that could accommodate double track, although some of the underline bridges around Easton Neston are definitely not for double track.

Comment by Barry Taylor on March 29, 2013 at 12:10

I think that you are right Richard - I've blown up the original shot and you can just about make out the shape. Looking at one or two of the other (single span) bridges on the route, they could also have accommodated double. I wonder why some were built as double arches and others not - must be an obvious answer that I am not thinking of. Perhaps we should also add the 'style ' of each bridge to the bridges list on the website as an historical record - oh dear - another little project!

Comment by Richard Woods on March 28, 2013 at 23:51

Looking at it, it's definitely a double arched bridge, if you look closely enough on the right of the visible arch, you can just see the edge of a second arch, and also the bridge parapet continues to the right way beyond the visible arch, long enough to include a second one. And the design is identicle to the Ashton Road bridge, which was built for double track use, making it highly likely that a bridge just 300 yards down the line would also be built for proposed double track, even though double track was never implemented. Richard

Comment by Barry Taylor on March 28, 2013 at 12:54

Glad to be of help Richard!

Actually. looking at this pic more closelyI now wonder whether this bridge was a single arch type - or was it a twin arch like the one across the Ashton road? The undergrowth here obscures the view, and certainly the trackbed is only single line width, but I wonder whether it was constructed like the other one for possible double track?

Anyone out there know?

Comment by Richard Woods on March 27, 2013 at 20:45

Marvellous! I've been wondering about this bridge for a number of years!

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