‘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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Newport Pagnell OO gauge - MK Museum 1 Reply

I've added this photo album for Jon , David and anyone else to see. As its not SMJR related I will delete it after a few weeks. here is a linkNewport Pagnell OO gauge - MK…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily 4 hours ago.

Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 3 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 Dick Bodily Jan 12.

DVD on the SMJ 3 Replies

HiI’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.This company is now out of business and cannot be called upon to get a copy.If possible, I would wish to…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Dec 18, 2021.

2F WDs working to Bristol 5 Replies

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. Last reply by CLIVE BOARDMAN Dec 3, 2021.

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2P 4-4-0 with Inspectors' train at Stoke Bruerne station circa 1950

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Comment by Tony Newman on March 15, 2020 at 16:51

I like that shot - and I like Midland 2Ps - the ones with the 7' driving wheels and narrow chimneys.

Comment by David Ford on July 2, 2010 at 11:09
Jeff Herbert, Watford driver, told me that when he was out firing 672 with the saloon one day on the SMJ she got her chimney knocked off. The P.Way had been doing a bit of packing underneath a bridge and the chimney struck the arch. Has that tale surfaced before ?
Comment by Andy Thompson on October 21, 2009 at 9:49

See comment below
Comment by Robin Cullup on October 20, 2009 at 21:51
As already remarked, this is an Inspection Saloon hauled by "2P" 40672. I believe the photograph was taken in June 1950 by C R H Simpson (who also took many photos in the Oxford area). There is another shot of this working at Salcey Forest Station which I will attach to Andy Thompson. Keep the photos coming on this section of line.
Comment by Andy Thompson on October 20, 2009 at 21:13
That sounds about right to me Si! The station looks a bit more over-grown these days, but otherwise, intact
Andy
Comment by Si Donal on October 20, 2009 at 19:54
This is a 2P hauling an inspection coach!

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