‘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 yesterday.

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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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 connection to Roade.

Why was this built and to what extent was it ever used?

It seems that there was a chord, there is evidence for it. It seems  also that there was a bay platform constructed at Roade station, but there was no physical rail connection with the LNWR.

If the passenger service from Towcester to Olney only lasted intermittently for 4 months what about the Roade service. Would the “main line” services have reversed in and out of Roade?

And what real purpose did it serve, bearing in mind that there were much better connections with the LNWR at Blisworth. (I appreciate that the S T & M J  and N & B were different companies at the time that the Roade  spur was built). I understand there was a lime quarry at Roade which may have provided traffic

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According to locals, the Tiffield halt was a milk stop really and there seems to be little doubt that it was positioned on the embankment at the back of what is now a row of houses at Meadow Rise.

According to BarryTaylor in his excellent pair of books on the SMJ the bay platform at Roade although fully signalled from the SMJ cabin at the top of the chord line was never used by any passenger train due to early withdrawal of the passenger service. Its possible that an occasional inspection train may have used it though.

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