‘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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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 on Friday.

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.

SMJ150. 150 years since the railway arrived at Towcester 12 Replies

All I know, somewhere on the site is an initial thread on this subject but I couldn't find it so thought I'd start a new one. 1st May, 1866 was the date of the opening of the line from Blisworth to Towcester and I thought it right we celebrated the…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by Andy Thompson Apr 6.

SMJR nicknames 3 Replies

Thanks for the info on this, Dick. There is also a reference in the same book for the SMJR being affectionately known locally as " THE LINGER and DIE" Have you heard of this?Continue

Started by NIGEL. Last reply by Dick Bodily Apr 6.

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Dave Hayward posted a discussion

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…See More
Friday
Jim Goodman replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'Old Cine Film of the SMJ.'
"Hi Mark, I live near Kettering, it's a bit of a trek for you. I'm quite happy to post it to you, I've sent a friendship message - once you accept you can pm your address without publishing it for everyone to read.…"
Apr 20
Mark Reader replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'Old Cine Film of the SMJ.'
"Hi Jim I've recently viewed the Hillside 'Shakespeare Route', and agree with Nick that its disjointed but contains lots of interesting material. As Nick and I are part of the LWMRS group planning to construct a model of Kineton…"
Apr 19
John Jennings commented on NIGEL's photo
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SOMEWHERE ON THE SMJ.

"Sorry for the delay in reply. Yes I can confirm it is the bridge over the GWR line at Stratford the signal ladder  is indeed that of the S&M Junction starting signal situated in front of the bridge on the down GW line, this same…"
Apr 16
NIGEL posted a photo

COL. STEPHENS SMJR FREE PASS (REVERSE)

The reverse of Col. Stephens free pass showing the SMJR Coat of Arms."no colour attributed - so none given"Photo courtesy Brian Janes, Curator, Col. Stephens Museum, Tenterden, Kent.
Apr 16
Dick Bodily replied to Douglas d'Enno's discussion '1914 BRIGHTON POSTER'
"Barry, A gentleman I used to know who died last year aged 104, claimed that he had travelled from Blakesley to Brighton in a through carriage that was attached to an 'express' at Blisworth. It was an excursion for Blakesley Church Choir…"
Apr 16
Douglas d'Enno replied to Douglas d'Enno's discussion '1914 BRIGHTON POSTER'
"Thanks for that, Barry. Douglas"
Apr 15
NIGEL commented on NIGEL's photo
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FOWLER 4F 4235.

"Looks like there is even the same sign on the stand alone post indicating the Gents where the toilet block would be."
Apr 15
 
 
 

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