‘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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"Hi Jim & Steve Apologies for not remembering that we had met before. I meet so m…"

Mark Reader replied Jun 11 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

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"Hi Jim & Steve Welcome to South Warwickshire. Given that you are clearly keen mo…"

Mark Reader replied May 29 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

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"At the Warley exhibition I eagerly hit the Lightmoor stand first thing on Saturday t…"

Mark Reader replied Nov 27, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

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Reply by John Evans

"Hi Barry Many thanks for such a comprehensive response. I've got copies of both publ…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 29, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
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"Thanks Barry Its great to hear that you can confirm it existed and have references t…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 20, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
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"Hi Barry Good luck with the final stages of your book. If you've not already started…"

Mark Reader replied Sep 5, 2015 to Missing photos of the SMJ

4 Sep 25, 2015
Reply by Peter William Reynolds

"Hi Jim I've recently viewed the Hillside 'Shakespeare Route', and agree with Nick t…"

Mark Reader replied Apr 19, 2015 to Old Cine Film of the SMJ.

9 Apr 20, 2015
Reply by Jim Goodman

"After discussions with Nick, I've also been looking more closely at this. If you loo…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 17, 2015 to M40 motorway

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Reply by Barry Taylor

"The Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society plan to create an N gauge model of…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 3, 2015 to Model Railway Layouts featuring SMJR System

4 Mar 9, 2015
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