‘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

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 1 Reply

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Steve Johns yesterday.

Towcester station sign unvieling 1 Reply

The unveiling of the Towcester Station Sign!To all our Towcester area members. Can anyone make the following event in Towcester tomorrow representing the society?Quote:"We have decided to do the unveiling ceremony at 4pm tomorrow, Fri 11 Oct, at…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by Dick Bodily Oct 10.

Aircraft crash 2 Replies

HelloI’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged until it was hit by a…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Oct 8.

Fowler 3F 2-6-2T 2 Replies

HelloWould anybody have any information on Fowler 3P 2-6-2T running on the SMJR and are there any photos availableBest regardsJackContinue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 26.

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Read in recent  HERITAGE RAILWAY magazine that an original nameplate from this 1860's  loco has been donated to the Colonel Stephens Museum.   Interesting as apparently it started life as a contracter's loco building the E  and WJR  and then ran for them, plus a couple of years on the SMJR ,  until transferred to rhe Shropshire and Mongomery line in 1911 where apparently it was named MOROUS which was painted on the side while still in the black lined  SMJR red livery. Brass plates were added later and it ended up on the Selsey Tramway                               There is a short tour of the Col. Stephens Museum on You Tube if anyone is interested.  A wonderful museum well worth a visit. Personally I like the aura of these  small museums much more than seeing preserved steam running on the main lines where all the fascinating infrastructure such as semaphore signals has long disappeared.   I'm also fed up seeing visitors with cameras dodging about filming everything on their phones on every preserved line.    Why can't they just stand back and soak up the atmosphere !     Shame there is no similar permanent museum dedicated to the SMJR although various treasured items do still at least exist dispersed in private collections.   RAY W

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