‘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"


SMJ Forum

North End and Warwick Road stations? 29 Replies

Some time ago we ahd an interesting and lively discussion on the mystery station at Tiffield, which added quite a lot to our collective knowledge.I've recently been looking closely at two of the other mystery stations- at North End (sometimes…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by NIGEL yesterday.

Helmdon 23 Replies

Folks,Please accept my apologies if I'm stepping out of line with this, but just recently we have formed the Helmdon and District Heritage Railway Society with the intention of turning Helmdon GCR station into a working museum. Given that the SMJ…Continue

Started by Paul Denison. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Nov 16.

Another magazine article on the SMJ 1 Reply

Attached is an article on The LMSR Banbury Branches - as you will…Continue

Started by Robin Cullup. Last reply by Dick Bodily Nov 14.

Article in the Meccano Magazine (Aug 1956) describing the SMJR Railtour 3 Replies


Started by Robin Cullup. Last reply by Robin Cullup Nov 11.

Get Together 8 Replies

To all members /supporters,Last year we had an excellent get together at Stratford on Avon, why not then a recall meeting at possibly the same venue next year?A wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas, thoughts, experiences & show off our models…Continue

Started by Ian Scott. Last reply by Martin Broughton Oct 30.

Books 6 Replies

Are there any comprehensive titles on the  SMJ??  I've got a thin book, but it doesn't even cover run down and closure.Continue

Started by Timothy Collier. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

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NIGEL replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'North End and Warwick Road stations?'
"Map showing some interesting features, Burton Dassett area."
Simon Dunkley replied to Paul Denison's discussion 'Helmdon'
"Thanks for that: I was completely unaware of that envelope. BR had a collection of such items, I believe more than one copy of each was made. I saw one incomplete set on the walls of a corrido in a hotel. EWJR was conspicuous by its absence,…"
Nov 16
Simon Dunkley replied to Paul Denison's discussion 'Helmdon'
" Of course, that obsessive part to us might be exactly why he came here and started the thread! :) Simon, who has just realised (obsessive? Moi?) that he has half of SMJR in his forename!"
Nov 16
Jim Goodman replied to Paul Denison's discussion 'Helmdon'
"Simon, Thanks for the info on the East and West 'garter' displayed on its coaches. You can see an example of this on page 150 of the Riley and Simpson book. I always wondered what that blob was in the middle of the 'garter', and…"
Nov 16
NIGEL replied to Paul Denison's discussion 'Helmdon'
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Nov 16
Simon Dunkley replied to Paul Denison's discussion 'Helmdon'
"Over 11 years ago I came across a book with details of old liveries, devices, etc. The SMJR managed less than a page, including a very brief history of 3 sentences! I passed the book on to a friend who runs a decal manufacturing business not unknown…"
Nov 15
Simon Dunkley replied to Paul Denison's discussion 'Helmdon'
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Nov 15
NIGEL replied to Paul Denison's discussion 'Helmdon'
"Seal die for the Birmingham, North Warwickshire & Stratford upon Avon Railway Company showing that the emblem for Stratford was indeed a shield with 3 'tiger' faces and inverted 'V'. C 1894. Interestingly Sir Edward Watkin,…"
Nov 15

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