‘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"


SMJ Forum

Footage of the SMJR

Hello, I found your forum searching for the SMJR. I've just uploaded a digitised version of old cine film footage of the line to my Youtube channel. I will be selling the original Hillside cine film soon along with a few others I've collected…Continue

Started by G Essex Random Railways on Monday.

Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

Station Masters

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsxChris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and…Continue

Started by Graham Ward Feb 7.

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Chris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire" published the attached list of Stationmasters. He has confirmed he is happy for me to share this here.

During the long months of lockdown I began a research project into the former Stationmasters in the employ of the various railway company’s whose lines ran through Northamptonshire. Needless to say my research strayed into Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire etc. I have recorded these on an excel spreadsheet which I have deposited in the files section. It is far from complete and actual dates of staff changeover are speculative in some cases, it also shows some contradictions which I cannot explain. The National Newspaper Archive was key in compiling this record, however, many other resources have been utilised. I hope some will find it of benefit in whatever elements of railways history sparks an interest. I intend to continue to fill the gaps, however, I also intend to get out more!

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