‘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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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

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To read the article about the Towcester Running in sign being unveiled follow link below…Continue

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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

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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

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At 8:55 on November 29, 2012, Steven Saunderson said…

I take your point about No 16 being camera shy.  There are two photos on the Warwickshire Railways site and it looks like No 16 became LMS 2309.  I've stalled on my idea of adding nameplates because I don't think they will look right.  The photos I've found show that the model is very accurate so perhaps the builder had access to drawings and pictures.  The model was finished in 1978 and the builder has long gone.  If you want to see my page on the loco the report is here.



At 10:20 on July 18, 2011, Dick Bodily said…


Thanks for that. I'd very much like to see the general notes on Stratford you mentioned. Thanks again for all your help. You can contact me on valdick.bodily@btinternet.com


At 8:57 on July 18, 2011, Dick Bodily said…

Thanks a lot John,

Any details on the trip workings to Old Town yard from the GWR, presumably 22xx worked?

I've also foundthat that the last goods at Byfiled was probably brought in from Woodford after the Stratford - Blisworth pick ups ceased and was steel rods for the building of the radar tower thing near Charwelton.

Blaklesley & Towcester coal merchants were still supplied by the continuing Blisworth - Woodford West pick up until late 63, possibly early Jan 64.


At 10:21 on July 16, 2011, Dick Bodily said…


I wondered if you could help me in finishing my article about pick up SMJ line freights for the website by answering the following questions?

After the discontinuation of the Stratford-Blisworth pick ups were there any other pick up or local workings at the Stratford end of the line? ( I have quite extensive info on what went on east of Byfield)

Were there trips workings at any time in your memory from the SMJ to the GWR at Stratford or to and from Clifford Sidings?

Clifford Sidings remained open officially after the end of the Stratford - Blisworth pick ups, did any trains actually call there during that period?

Any details about working or locos would be much appreciated

All the best


Dick Bodiliy

At 16:04 on January 22, 2010, Dick Bodily said…
I don't think I will put the Ettington pix in an album if you think they are still copyright. Your great colour picture of the final railtour is in various albums inc. 'Stratford upon Avon', 'The SMJR Remembered' and 'Final Days'. I put several Albums together so that people can watch slideshows when I was editing the picture collection for Andy a little while ago. It would be nice to have albums for 'Ettington' and the stations beyond Stratford towards Broom as we have for the other stations but we have so few pix of them on the website.
At 21:02 on January 21, 2010, John Jennings said…
Hi Dick
I obtained these images by scanning from magazines. They are almost certainly still in copyright although the titles concerned are no longer published. I think a warning note to any user should point out that the images must only be used for personal research and not for commercial gain. If you have not already used the colour image on my page of the last train at Stratford GW it is my own image and I have no problem with it being used on the site John
At 19:07 on January 21, 2010, Dick Bodily said…
re. the images of Ettington station that you attached to Si's discussion about Small SMJ stations would it be okay for me to copy and paste them into the SMJR photos section so they could appear in an eventual Ettington album or would there be copyright issues?
At 10:51 on May 6, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Hi John. We'd all love to see some more of your undoubted SMJ expertise on the site.
...Look out for it!

At 21:46 on May 5, 2009, Peter S Lewis said…
Hello John,
I think it was you who responded to my efforts in early 1998 to research the SMJ.....I hope that we can see a growing archive here!

At 16:10 on April 14, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Hi John, its great to have you on board. I hope you can offer much to the site


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