‘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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SMJ Forum

DVD on the SMJ 2 Replies

HiI’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.This company is now out of business and cannot be called upon to get a copy.If possible, I would wish to…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by David Mead on Wednesday.

2F WDs working to Bristol

In the 1950s/60s we had a regular working of a 2F Woodford Halse WD to Bristol. I was always intrigued by how they got there. Does anybody know if that was via the SMJR please?Continue

Started by Bob Bishop Oct 15.

Talk to Welford Local History Society

I live in Welford on Avon which now incorporates the former Binton Station with its recent housing development.The local history society is currently planning its 2022/23 programme of events and talks and would be keen to include a talk on the…Continue

Started by John Read Oct 8.

Broom Junction station site for sale 2 Replies

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Oct 4.

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Woodford Halse Model Railway Club's Woodford layout

Woodford Halse Model Railway Club's Woodford layout

I was able to see this outstanding layout in action at a Woodford History Society's Open Day. It's a faithful reproduction of Woodford south of the MPD including Woodford West and the SMJ. The next project in the process of being completed is an 'extension' to include Byfield SMJ.

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Comment by Dick Bodily on December 3, 2011 at 21:21

I was able to visit this layout again today (Dec 3rd) when it was opened in conjunction with a Christmas Fayre at the Social Club ( The Furze). The extension to 'Byfield' is coming on well. I've added a few more pictures to the album as a result.

Comment by Gary on December 2, 2011 at 17:35

Typical... I have a prior engagement. Oh well I am sure I will see it one day.

Popular weekend for stuff!!!

Comment by Dick Bodily on November 29, 2011 at 11:00

Short notice but I've heard that people visiting The Furze (ex Railwayman's Club) at Woodford for a Christmas Bring & Buy this Saturday Afternoon 3rd December will be allowed to view this layout. There's a possibility that photos and slides might be on shown too later in the afternoon.

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