‘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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LAST RITES - book from John Evans 2 Replies

Just searched the forum for any mention of this new book but can't find anything, so: Received today, a delightful book describing the author's exploits at the very end of the steam era.LAST RITES FROM THE TRACK TO THE SCRAPYARD,  by JOHN EVANS,…Continue

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Started by Tony Goff. Last reply by John Evans Apr 15.

Station Totems / running in boards 7 Replies

I look at the adverts for the railwayana auction houses and see various stations represented in totem form and I was wondering, how many of "our" line still have totems/running in boards in existence?Continue

Tags: station, board, in, running, totem

Started by Gary. Last reply by Dick Bodily Apr 12.

Northampton article in Steam Days

Not SMJR but anyone interested in the SMJR would probably be interested in the in depth article on Northampton in April Steam Days.Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Mar 21.

Motor Trolley Workings 5 Replies

I have recently been transcribing the 1949 Freight Working Time Table for the SM&JR route  from copies taken of the volume in the National Archives into a spreadsheet, with the intent of merging this with the Passenger WTT for the same period so…Continue

Started by Nick Meredith. Last reply by Nick Meredith Mar 7.

Your museum needs you! 4 Replies

Dear SMJ memberYour museum needs you!  I have just come off the phone after a great chat with Rob Hamblin. Towcester museum are putting together an exhibition about the railway and in the year of the 150th anniversary of the railway arriving at…Continue

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Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by NIGEL Feb 25.

Wappenham Station


Started by Karen Tonks Feb 17.

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"Thanks Terry. It was fun recalling the old days, although not the hassle at Kineton military base!  "
Apr 24
Terry Andrews commented on John Evans's photo

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"Hi John, Just got my copy of your book off Amazon.  Thoroughly enjoying it especially around the area of Woodford Halse and the GCR, an area I am very familiar with.A great set of photographs that accompany the book as well.Many thanks for…"
Apr 23
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"Hello Martyn, A warm welcome to the SMJ site! Do you have any connections with the line? Kind regards, Peter"
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The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway - The whole line in 2011

http://www.smj.meThe SMJ was a small enigmatic line which ran across the empty heart of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. Born out of a the 19th century rai...
Apr 17
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Towcester Station model railway layout

Displayed at Milton Keynes Model Railway Society (MKMRS) exhibition on Saturday 13 February
Apr 17
Jean Cholerton commented on John Evans's photo

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"Thank you for the `Last Rites` mention.  I have just ordered it online for my husband`s birthday. He will be chuffed.  He is currently working on what was the SMJ (Broom junction/Stratford section) planting suitable…"
Apr 15

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