‘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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What was left???? 1 Reply

In the summer of 1988 I was with my parents in Straford-upon-Avon. We were walking south along the east bank of the Avon when we came across an old railway bridge across the river. My father wanted to go up the embankment to explore, but my mother's…Continue

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Started by Kevin Doig. Last reply by Barry Taylor on Monday.

Alterations at Fenny Compton 1956 onwards 2 Replies

I recently acquired a bundle of railway related papers, amongst which is a1955-6 BTC application to Parliament for various powers to construct works etc. Most are related to docks and waterways, but buried in the middle are a couple of references to…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Aug 21.

Have a look at my Blogpost re this Saturday 3 Replies

Have a look at the blog regarding an 'exciting opportunity' on the SMJ this Saturday.RegardsDave HAywardContinue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Aug 20.

Bridge at Fenny Compton 4 Replies

GentlemenWhile bridges appear to be a popular dicussion point how about the two attached images? They came to my collection with a heap of paperwork a few years ago. There is absolutely nothing on the back of them or in the paperwork to aid…Continue

Started by John Jennings. Last reply by NIGEL Jul 14.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 1 Reply

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Jun 28.

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 5 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Gary Jun 18.

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11 hours ago
Barry Taylor replied to Kevin Doig's discussion 'What was left????'
"Hi Kevin The attached pic will give you a feel for what you would have seen. I took it in July 1989, and the print has suffered a bit over the intervening years, but it shows a view west from track level with the platforms still in place - and from…"
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"£169,995......and they don't mention that it's 100 years old or Ex - SMJ, but then is that a selling point ?"
Aug 21
Barry Taylor replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'Alterations at Fenny Compton 1956 onwards'
"Richard Many thanks for this - I should have realised the answer myself, but for some reason in my haste I overlooked the fact that there were in essence two bridges, and not one, under the line !! I was therefore concentrating on the…"
Aug 21
Dick Bodily commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Thanks for that Richard, now added to list. Dick"
Aug 21
Richard Maund commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
""Track Layout Diagrams of the G.W.R. and BR W.R." - R.A. Cooke - (1975) Section 29  shows all the SMJ routes This was up-dated in a third edition of 1994 (now out of print)."
Aug 20
Dave Hayward replied to Dave Hayward's discussion 'Have a look at my Blogpost re this Saturday'
"John It was organised by the Branch Line Society in conjunction with Chiltern Railways as a charity trip. All costs were waived by Chiltern and Network Rail, all proceeds going to the Railway Cildren charity. This supports children who leave home…"
Aug 20
D John Barber replied to Dave Hayward's discussion 'Have a look at my Blogpost re this Saturday'
"Hello Dave What a shame I missed this trip. A fascinating account. Can you tell me who organised it; what rolling stock and motive power was used; and where did it start and finish? Many years ago, well, in the 1960's, I went on a railtour…"
Aug 20

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