‘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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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.

Memories 2 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 John Jennings Jun 14.

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.

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.

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Engines that ran on the SMJ - 43106

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2 The very last train to leave Stratford upon Avon ex SMJ station.

The very last train to leave Stratford upon Avon ex SMJ station.

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