‘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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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 Ian Merivale 18 hours ago.

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens on Monday.

Bidford-on-Avon station photos 2 Replies

Hello folks - I'm interested in sourcing any historical photos of Bidford-on-Avon station and wondering if anyone here could help point me in the right direction? (There are a few on…Continue

Started by Greg Wye. Last reply by Greg Wye Aug 30.

Stored coaches 4 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 Ian Mathews Aug 16.

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Steve Johns replied to Greg Wye's discussion 'Bidford-on-Avon station photos'
"Hi Greg, Go to members on the index at the top of the page and look for Mike Musson. Steve"
Aug 17
Steve Johns replied to Clive's discussion 'Concrete sleepers'
"Hi Clive, The points would still be wooden sleepered. Steve"
Jul 31
Steve Johns replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Mark, Long time no see. I think the last time we met was at the NEC when you were operating Kineton a couple of years ago. My partner Jenny works at Kineton Manor. I will endeavour to get to the L&WMRS club rooms one day. The problem is,…"
May 30
Steve Johns replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Jim, I will be moving to Oxhill just south of Kineton into the heart of SMJ country. Steve"
May 21
Steve Johns replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Jim, The DX is as yet unbuilt as i'm in the process of moving house so everything is packed away at the moment. When built it will be in SMJ livery and i'm intending to build stock to go with it. I had a look at Warwickshire Railways…"
May 20
Steve Johns replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Jim, I was also thinking of building one in 4mm scalefour to sit behind my ex LNWR DX goods No 7. Steve"
May 18
Steve Johns replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Jim, It's understood that Bassett-Lowke models were fairly accurate representations livery wise. Steve"
May 10
Steve Johns replied to Clive's discussion 'Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952'
"Clive, From photographs in various books on the SMJ it seems that the non-corridor brake 3rds tended to be of LMS diagram 1703 period 1 and diagram 1735 period 2. Steve."
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At 0:10 on March 2, 2010, Peter S Lewis said…
Hello Steve,

I hope that the site exceeds your expectations!

At 0:10 on March 2, 2010, Peter S Lewis said…

Welcome and thanks for joining The Rail Tube Network! We have channels for the Steam lover (Steam Tube), Diesel (Diesel Tube), Electric (Electric Tube) and one for those who like their railways 'not there any more!' (Disused Tube). We also have a railway news channel (RTN News International) where you can sign up and add your own railway news as well as reading the lastest railway news from around the globe. We have a monthly newsletter channel (On-Shed), where, every month you get a summary of activity on the network as well as railway news from around the world. If that wasn't enough we have 3 specialist channels about railways important to us here at The Rail Tube Network, The Honeybourne LIne, The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway and Sidmouth Junction, click the links at the top of each page and have a look around - sign up and join in!
As a member you can upload your own railway photos and videos as well as rate and comment on other members work. Contact other members on the members only email system, personalise your own page and start blogging, If you belong to a railway related group you can set up your own group page on our ‘Groups Page’ too, it will give your group it’s very own presence on the net!
We hope you soon find your way around and start uploading, we look forward to seeing some of your own work soon on one, or all of the channels!
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