‘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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"The National Archive at Kew has the staff record book from the start of the SMJ rail…"

Nick Meredith replied Jun 26, 2019 to The Campion Family: SMJ employees

5 Jul 25, 2019
Reply by David Campion

"I have just received my copy, and from a quick scan it looks fascinating. From a pu…"

Nick Meredith replied Aug 24, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"One thing I think we can be pretty sure of is that for all the run-of-line stations…"

Nick Meredith replied Apr 10, 2016 to Station Totems / running in boards

9 Nov 4, 2016
Reply by Rob Davidson

"Regarding the hut, a diagram I have seen has a building marked as a P Way Garage cl…"

Nick Meredith replied Mar 7, 2016 to Motor Trolley Workings

5 Mar 7, 2016
Reply by Nick Meredith

"Having done some research last year in the National Archives I can confirm this. I w…"

Nick Meredith replied Jan 20, 2016 to SMJ Rulebook

6 Dec 26, 2016
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Dick, It was me rather than Mark, but we are working together on this. Thanks for…"

Nick Meredith replied Jan 15, 2016 to Kineton Station at the National N Gauge Show

2 Jan 15, 2016
Reply by Nick Meredith

"No volunteers?"

Nick Meredith replied Nov 4, 2015 to Phone contact wanted

1 Nov 4, 2015
Reply by Nick Meredith

"If anything is done involving visiting locations on the line apart from Towcester (p…"

Nick Meredith replied Apr 3, 2015 to SMJ150. 150 years since the railway arrived at Towcester

12 Apr 6, 2015
Reply by Andy Thompson

"Oddly, I have a copy of the Hillside film in my DVD drive at the moment and had earl…"

Nick Meredith replied Mar 27, 2015 to Old Cine Film of the SMJ.

9 Apr 20, 2015
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Jim, Would it be possible to get hold of a copy of this DVD to help with our modelli…"

Nick Meredith replied Mar 23, 2015 to Old Cine Film of the SMJ.

9 Apr 20, 2015
Reply by Jim Goodman

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