‘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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Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 4 Replies

A very short clip of a cricket match at Roade. A goods train passes. Could it be on the SMJR?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnPSvt-NEeIContinue

Started by Ron Johnson. Last reply by Chris Hillyard RVM Jan 21.

Black & White photos of the SMJ

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

Started by Mick Baker Jan 20.

Newport Pagnell OO gauge - MK Museum 1 Reply

I've added this photo album for Jon , David and anyone else to see. As its not SMJR related I will delete it after a few weeks. here is a linkNewport Pagnell OO gauge - MK…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily Jan 19.

DVD on the SMJ 3 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 Jack Freuville Dec 18, 2021.

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This is the view from the upstream (Stratford) side of the Avon bridge. A footbridge had exisited at this spot for many years and town records list it as a wooden structure in the early 19th century. The footbridge shown here was the first substantial structure and was replaced with the present one using the same piers. Until the E & W Railway bridge was reused for the relief road the only vehicle crossing of the Avon was Hugh Clopton's road bridge about a mile upstream. The Stratford & Moreton Tramway which crossed the E & W line near the site of Clifford Sidings adjacent to the Birmingham - Oxford turnpike road (later A34) entered the town on the first ever multi arch brick viaduct built for railway use. It was never converted to road vehicle use due to its width and is now a footpath. Considering the political arguments and vested interests that dragged out through the fifties and sixties regarding the provision of a second Avon road crossing the town should be grateful that the railway that they chose to ignore for so long should have left them with such a useful legacy.

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Comment by Si Donal on November 9, 2012 at 6:51

Wow - what a nice photograph.  Those Edwardian scenes always look so stylish.  If you look at the train, the third wagon and possibly the fourth hare marked E&W.  Photo's of SMJ liveried wagons are rare enough but this only the second E&W wagon photo I have seen, the other being a single bolster wagon in a wagon-builders portrait.

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