‘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

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 10 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Jim Goodman on Saturday.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue

Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.

Stored coaches 3 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Alan Brant Apr 30.

Way in

Hi thereI hope you are all in good health.A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton.Apparently, these station buildings had no entrance doors and access was only from the platform side.I imagine passengers would come up…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Mar 29.

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"Hi Alan I was the author of the article which mentioned the stored coaches on the SM…"

Barry Taylor replied Apr 29 to Stored coaches

3 Apr 30
Reply by Alan Brant

"According to the BR Sectional Appendix to the Working Timetables (Midland Div) for O…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 29, 2019 to Line Speed

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Hi Jim Unfortunately this is one of the few EWJ/SMJ files at Kew that I haven't look…"

Barry Taylor replied Dec 21, 2018 to The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

14 Dec 21, 2018
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"Pleased to say that Vol 2 made its debut at the NEC Warley show on Saturday - and se…"

Barry Taylor replied Nov 26, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Yep - noticed that Lightmoor now have it on their website, so they seem confident ab…"

Barry Taylor replied Nov 7, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Not quite folks! The book was finalised in mid-October and my latest information fro…"

Barry Taylor replied Nov 6, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Hi Mark Having checked my notes my main references appear to be from Eric Tonks, in…"

Barry Taylor replied Mar 29, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
Reply by Mark Reader

"Hi Mark I don't have any doubt that the turntable was actually provided. I have a fe…"

Barry Taylor replied Mar 20, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
Reply by Mark Reader

"Thank you Dick - that's a great review! It will be interesting to see what the vario…"

Barry Taylor replied Sep 23, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Thanks Jim - pleased that you like the book. Vol1 was somewhat difficult to illustra…"

Barry Taylor replied Sep 4, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
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