‘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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Memories

As a child, back in the 1950's, I constantly visited the SMJ Old Town Station in Stratford on Avon. A friend of mine's father was a fireman on the GWR and his 0-6-0 Collett was, I believe shedded there? I can remember having a cab ride from the old…Continue

Started by Phil Street May 10.

Bridge 12 11 Replies

Has anyone got any information about bridge 12? This was the A5 bridge over Watling Street, Towcester. Any info, photos, anything!AndyContinue

Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by NIGEL May 4.

Charity Railway trips over unusual track

Colleagues,Apologies for a 'hefty' post that is not SMJ related but is for charity and surely of interest to any railway enthusiast!Some of you may remember last year I told you about the opportunity to travel on the SMJ by a Branch Line Society…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward Apr 24.

Old Cine Film of the SMJ. 9 Replies

I recently acquired an old cine film of the SMJ with footage from 1928 to 1955. The film covers the line from Fenny Compton to Broom Junction.It starts with footage of the 1955 "The South Midlander" railtour reversing into the exchange siding at…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Jim Goodman Apr 20.

1914 BRIGHTON POSTER 6 Replies

I am just finishing a book on Brighton in the Great War and wanted to include an attractive colour poster I have promoting the resort which was, strangely to me, put out by the SMJ. I am puzzled at the recommendation that visitors take that railway…Continue

Started by Douglas d'Enno. Last reply by Dick Bodily Apr 16.

M40 motorway 16 Replies

A far more up to date question than my last one re: North End and Warwick Road - but the same area of the SMJ line.Does anyone have precise dates and details for the bridging of the M40 motorway, when the SMJ was realigned slightly from its old…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Apr 7.

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Blakesley Hall Mystery Cagney?

In addition to C W Bartholomew's Cagney, around 1910 another Cagney was photographed on the Blakesley Miniature Railway. There is strong evidence to support the theory that it was this engine seen preserved at Strumpshaw Steam Museum.
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KNIGHTCOTE ROAD BRIDGE 64

Note how the track dips under the bridge to provide clearance. The retaining walls on both sides appear to have been replaced at some time. An original blue brick retaining wall is still in place on the other side of the bridge. Note the length of…
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"Mike, Looks good, can I put one of these puctures on the SMJ layouts page? Dick Bodily"
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Memories

As a child, back in the 1950's, I constantly visited the SMJ Old Town Station in Stratford on Avon. A friend of mine's father was a fireman on the GWR and his 0-6-0 Collett was, I believe shedded there? I can remember having a cab ride from the old…See More
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"Hello Phil, A warm welcome to the SMJ site! Do you have  a connection with the line or district? Peter"
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Bridge 12

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BRICKLAYING GANG GROUP PHOTO.

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BRICKLAYING GANG AT BLAKESLEY STATION.

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