‘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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"Harry Furniss also illustrated the Roll of Honour for the London & North Western…"

NIGEL replied Nov 6, 2017 to The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

14 Dec 21, 2018
Reply by Barry Taylor

"My copy arrived this morning. Had a quick read of the first few pages, very informat…"

NIGEL replied Aug 21, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Hello Dave, as far as mileages and mileposts go, the only certainty is that Bliswort…"

NIGEL replied Jun 12, 2017 to Train Simulator SMJ

7 Aug 8, 2017
Reply by Bob hawes

"The model of Towcester Station will be moved out at the END OF FEBRUARY. The rest of…"

NIGEL replied Feb 17, 2017 to SMJ Exhibition at Towcester Museum

4 Feb 17, 2017
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"A most interesting map which I think may be earlier than stated. The stations were b…"

NIGEL replied Jan 29, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Interesting to note that in 1891 Station Road, (ex Ford Lane), was maintained by the…"

NIGEL replied Jan 21, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"C. E. BEVAN & CO., WAGON REPAIRING YARD at Blisworth Station near the bend in th…"

NIGEL replied Jan 19, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"The Metropolitan Railway, extension to Moreton Pinkney. Charles Liddell, engineer. D…"

NIGEL replied Jan 14, 2017 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

10 Jan 14, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

"Also there is the deposited plan no.128 Towcester & Hitchin Railway, James B. Bu…"

NIGEL replied Jan 14, 2017 to Mystery line that never was. Did the East & West seek to expand into Bucks?

6 Jan 14, 2017
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"Brackley Central Station (built 1897 by the Rugby firm J. PARNELL & SON) was uni…"

NIGEL replied Jan 10, 2017 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

10 Jan 14, 2017
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