‘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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Black & White photos of the SMJ

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

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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 yesterday.

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.

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A sad view, with the demolition men having cleared the signal box and everywhere looking so sad, even from a few weeks earlier. March 19 1966.

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Comment by John Evans on September 16, 2012 at 17:34

By the way, only the station side was black - the forecourt side was left natural brick colors.

Comment by John Evans on September 15, 2012 at 6:02

I've no idea about the black paint. The top was very similar to Blisworth - both had that Methodist chapel look. At this time we went round the whole of the station and I have detailed notes of the layout, rooms and a couple of interior photos which I will post shortly. I also have  a "Private" sign here in the USA from a door in Towcester station.

Comment by Dick Bodily on September 13, 2012 at 14:00


It was certainly already like it when the Banbury line closed in 1951 as photos taken on the last day show, much earlier photos show a canopy in place and no black finish just plain bricks. Perhaps it was done when the canopy was removed. One person who might know why would be Evan Dines' daughter, Mrs Townsend, if anyone is in contact with her. She turned up at a couple of Stoke Bruerne get togethers and said that her memory of the station house was that it was extremely cold in winter.


Comment by Si Donal on September 12, 2012 at 18:40

Does anyone have any idea when the upper storey of the Station was painted black and why?  Was it a waterproofing measure with a tar type paint?  It always looks a little odd!

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