‘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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SMJ Forum

Single track?

Would I be right in assuming that the SMJ was single track all the way apart from passing loops at the stations?Continue

Started by Nicholas Hemming Nov 12.

working timetables.

Hello,Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradshaws.Also, were parcels trains ever routed along the SMJ during BR days?Finally what was the intensity of freight…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson Nov 9.

SMJ maps and booklet 3 Replies

Hello, I live in Southern Alberta, Canada and I'm nearer to 80 than 70. Methinks it is time to reduce my railwayana before it is consigned to the trash. Heaven forbid! My model railway is set in about 1953 and based on a ficticious branch running…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson. Last reply by Steve Johns Nov 1.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 13 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 Barry Taylor Oct 25.

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"Not as dramatic from a railway point of view but very tragic, three USAF Flying Fort…"

Dick Bodily replied Jan 27 to Aircraft crash

8 Feb 16
Reply by Jack Freuville

"Don, try these links to pictures well back on the website. The sign is in the bar a…"

Dick Bodily replied Dec 21, 2019 to Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign

2 Dec 21, 2019
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"Andy probably won't be able to make it. a lot on tomorrow Dick"

Dick Bodily replied Oct 10, 2019 to Towcester station sign unvieling

1 Oct 10, 2019
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"This is a new one on me, however a few were allocated to Bedford at different times…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 26, 2019 to Fowler 3F 2-6-2T

2 Sep 26, 2019
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"There's a photo of ganger  A Campion at Kineton on Page 94 of Jordan's SMJR book and…"

Dick Bodily replied Jun 24, 2019 to The Campion Family: SMJ employees

5 Jul 25, 2019
Reply by David Campion

"Interestingly the 1916 Appendix mentions the 20mph restriction at Ravenstone Wood ju…"

Dick Bodily replied Feb 1, 2019 to Line Speed

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Gary, I should think that the unfitted nature of the vast majority of the freights o…"

Dick Bodily replied Jan 29, 2019 to Line Speed

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Barry is to be congratulated on completing his epic definitive work on the SMJ with…"

Dick Bodily replied Dec 1, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Bridge Number 14 There's a list of bridge nos if you click on INDEX link at the top…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 28, 2018 to Salvaged track bolts

1 Sep 28, 2018
Reply by Dick Bodily

"Have only just got hold of a copy.  Barry has done a superlative job of covering the…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 23, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
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