‘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"
Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society Go take a look…Continue
Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming. Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue
Under BR, the former SMJ went into stagnation and very little
effort was made to run the line economically. By 1947 the passenger
service to Broom from Stratford had already gone. Passenger numbers
fell and talk of closures filled the air. July 1951 saw the
withdrawal of the Blisworth and Banbury passenger service and April
1952 saw the end of passenger services between Blisworth and
07:12 43568 + 1 coach Stratford To Blisworth
08:55 Blisworth to Stratford
10:43 Stratford to Blisworth
12:45 44567 + 2 coaches Blisworth to Stratford
18:40 44525 + 5 coaches Startford to Blisworth
18:50 44568 + 1 coach leaves Blisworth for Stratford
Words posted on a poster at Helmdon station near the end of
" Closing of Helmdon Village and Wappenham Passenger
Stations; On and from Monday 2nd July 1951 the passenger train
service between Blisworth and Banbury will be withdrawn and Helmdon
Village and Wappenham Stations will be closed for passengers.
Alternative facilities for passengers are provided in this area by
the various Omnibus services"