‘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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Concrete sleepers 2 Replies

I've been looking at the trackwork at Byfield station and it looks like concrete sleepers (late 50's). Would this be correct? If so, would the points still be wooden sleepers?Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Clive on Saturday.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 11 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 Mark Reader Jun 11.

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.

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Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 43222 at Broom North Signal Box

Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 43222 passes Broom North Signal Box with a SLS Railtour on 29th April 1956

Photographer JE Norris

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Comment by mike musson on May 10, 2017 at 9:04

Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 43222 passes Broom North Signal Box with a SLS Railtour on 29th April 1956. The Stephenson Locomotive Society Railtour commenced at Kings Cross and proceeded to Hertford, Hitchin, Bedford, 0lney, Towcester, Stratford, Broom, Redditch, New Street to return to Euston via Coventry, Leamington, Rugby. The locomotive has just completed the Stratford upon Avon to Broom section of the former SMJ line and is now heading towards New Street via Barnt Green. Built as Midland Railway No 3222 by Derby works in 1890, the locomotive was allocated No 43222 in July 1949 which it retained until June 1959 when it was withdrawn from 41B Sheffield Grimesthorpe shed to be scrapped.

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