‘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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Missing photos of the SMJ

Hi allI'm getting reasonably close to completing a book entitled  "History of the SMJ and its constituent companies" which I hope will see publication in the not-too-distant future, although that will be down to the publisher !However, I'm now…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor Aug 19.

Was the Railway Arch at Blisworth really built by R. Dunkley?

In looking for records of Richard Dunkley's career we have drawn a blank in many areas and are faced with a speculative trip to Kew Records Office - unless one of you guys know some answers:1) Documentary proof he built the Arch2) Support for the…Continue

Started by Tony Marsh Aug 19.

Memories 4 Replies

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. Last reply by Phil Street Jul 24.

Byfield Ironstone sidings

The July issue of Railway Bylines has a very nice article on the early days of the above sidings, by Barry Taylor. It is interesting to read how the operations developed in the light of growing output from the quarries.

Started by Simon Dunkley Jul 5.

1914 BRIGHTON POSTER 8 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 Douglas d'Enno Jun 17.

GCR Woodford Halse Anniversary

Its 50 years since 2F closed and to celebrate the GCR are running a gala type event on 13th -14th June. At least 3 engines that have run over the SMJ should be present 43106, 92212 and 92214. The last named appearing as 92220 Evening Star which also…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Jun 2.

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Missing photos of the SMJ

Hi allI'm getting reasonably close to completing a book entitled  "History of the SMJ and its constituent companies" which I hope will see publication in the not-too-distant future, although that will be down to the publisher !However, I'm now…See More
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Was the Railway Arch at Blisworth really built by R. Dunkley?

In looking for records of Richard Dunkley's career we have drawn a blank in many areas and are faced with a speculative trip to Kew Records Office - unless one of you guys know some answers:1) Documentary proof he built the Arch2) Support for the…See More
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