‘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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Old Cine Film of the SMJ. 5 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 Nick Meredith yesterday.

Paint colours 1 Reply

Does anyone have any good information on the paint colours seen on the buildings of the SMJ during the 20th century?The only decent colour pictures I have seen indicate a pale cream with dark brown contrasts and were taken post passenger…Continue

Started by Nick Meredith. Last reply by Simon Dunkley yesterday.

SMJ150. 150 years since the railway arrived at Towcester

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 yesterday.

M40 motorway 12 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 NIGEL on Tuesday.

The Stratford & Moreton Tramway article

There's a 7 page article about the Stratford & Moreton tramway by Roger Butler, which might be of interest although not directly SMJR related, in April edition of 'Vintage Spirit' magazine. I don't know enough about the tramway to say how…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Mar 23.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 8 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by NIGEL Mar 21.

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Nick Meredith replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'Old Cine Film of the SMJ.'
"Oddly, I have a copy of the Hillside film in my DVD drive at the moment and had earlier been noting down the credits "Filmed by Elena Hendry, Robert Hendry, R Preston Hendry, H J Stretton Ward, Roger Crombleholme" "Archive Material…"
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Robin Cullup replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'Old Cine Film of the SMJ.'
"Isn't this on the DVD "The Shakespeare Route - The SMJ" issued by Hillside Publishing in 2006? There's 60 minutes of SMJ footage over the years "with over 20 different classes of engine in action". Well worth acquiring…"
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Simon Dunkley replied to Nick Meredith's discussion 'Paint colours'
"From photos taken in pre-grouping days, I have worked in the past on the assumption that they used the same limited weather-resistant palette as everyone else, and twenty years ago when building a small layout, I used brown and yellow with white…"
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SMJ150. 150 years since the railway arrived at Towcester

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…See More
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Paint colours

Does anyone have any good information on the paint colours seen on the buildings of the SMJ during the 20th century?The only decent colour pictures I have seen indicate a pale cream with dark brown contrasts and were taken post passenger…See More
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