‘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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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 on Friday.

DVD on the SMJ 2 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 David Mead Nov 24.

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.

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At 11:29 on June 26, 2009, brian dunn said…
Thanks Andy have not used briandunn48@live.co.uk for so long I forgot the 48,all OK now
At 10:05 on June 26, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Hello hello! SMJ calling!
At 13:53 on June 25, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Haven't forgotten you Brian - just 'up the wall' busy!

At 21:14 on June 3, 2009, brian dunn said…
Being a complete duffer with computers I have managed to lose all my email access and will have to wait for my mate to come and sort it all out! Have spoken to Lenny Haynes no problem he would be pleased to talk to you about the SMJ one Wednesday in August.Can you please phone me asap on my home number 0121 233 2391 so we can arrange and I can advise him.Computers and Brian do not get on well so I would be grateful if you could please phone as it is so much easier for me,Iwas going to phone you but the message with your number does no longer seem to appear.Thanks Andy and Ilook forward to your phone call ,any time ok if I am not here leave a message and Iwill call you back.
At 10:54 on May 28, 2009, Andy Thompson said…

When would be a good time to ring? We must talk about next month. My schedule is such that I'm worried it won't all work.

I have a talk to give in Henley in Arden on the evening of Tuesday 16th of June. Is Henley very very far from you? I could come and meet you during the day time of Tuesday but you say, 1 there's no parking, and 2 you are too busy during the day. If Henley isn't too far I could do my talk and come onto you after but it would be late (say 11pm) would that work? I could then stay the night and be on my way in the morning.
What say you sir!

PS My email is info@smjr.info
At 10:19 on May 19, 2009, brian dunn said…
Hi Andy,
When mentioning 40 wpm on Queensland Railways what I should have said was 40 code words per minute. Railway morse telegraphy was very similar to the military and used short words,figures or a combination of both to convey a message rather than sending in full. On QR the telegraphists communicated between themselves at a rapid rate of knots,but sent messages to local Station Masters very slowly. All the codes were in the telegraph code book and could be deciphered by the recipient or used to send messages.
Each morning the main telegraph office in Brisbane sent the time signal to the whole system statewide ie TIME 9.AM.(3 TIMES) Ienjoyed doing that on my days off from my job on the P way.Many stations out in the bush were one man band Station Masters who also dealt with public telegrams they sent the telegrams to the telegraphist on their patch who would relay to Brisbane who would relay to the Brisbane GPO with whom they had a direct connection.
From what the boys in the USA were telling me it was much the same there as Queensland plus all block operators(signalmen)had to be proficient in morse as it was much used to communicate with dispatchers(control)and for making out train orders.
From memory the Signalling Record Society has a Midland Railway telegraphic code book which can be purchased as photocopies. No doubt the SMJ used morse in the early days,we ought to try and find out!
All the best,Brian.
At 11:46 on May 15, 2009, Andy Thompson said…

You are indeed right in saying I ain't not dunnit - alas You Tube will only allow 10 minute videos and if I typed and included all of your wonderful background then it would turn into a full length feature film with pop-corn!

The plan is to type it up and put that in the description of teh film. I would also like to link you up with the local railway history boys down here - I think they might like a word!

Still on for next month.I'm really not sure about the detail but feel its going to have to be during the day some how on the Tuesday. I'll get back to you. Like you say, busy! Poet, Railway Historian, 14 websites! Radio Ham, photographer father of 4 (inc twins) and IT teacher!!


At 18:53 on May 14, 2009, Andy Thompson said…

Film is Dunn and at http://disusedtube.ning.com/video/the-sidmouth-branch
Go take a shufty!

By way of a PS. I have a poetry website (www.thepoetrywebsite.co.uk) and you said you knew someone (railway) who wrote railway poems. Any chance you could put the two together?

At 16:34 on May 8, 2009, brian dunn said…
Have posted your stuff it should arrive by Monday if the Atlantic Coast Express is on time at Sidmouth Junction!
At 13:17 on May 5, 2009, brian dunn said…
Andy,thanks,comes from having a kindly aunt ,the late Elsie Carlisle the singer,a relative on my late mothers side. Aunt Elsie can be found on you tube and we7,listen to her singing the clouds will soon roll by,a good version by Peter Skellern is on same you tube site....sit back and enjoy....Ispent many happy hours singing to myself in signal boxes ..well it beat listening to Buller Rawlings trying to sing sheddi deddi dorpence!!

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