‘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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2F WDs working to Bristol 3 Replies

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. Last reply by Bob Bishop yesterday.

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 Nov 24.

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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Image taken circa 1961. Almost certainly out of use and parked just outside the shed. Bagnall 2654/42 "Cherwell" The importance of the Northamptonshire ironstone for the war effort can be judged by the fact that this loco was authorised to be built in 1942 when all such orders were subject to review by the authorities and only passed on merit for use in the war effort. The total production of Byfield iron ore was shipped via the ex SMJ line.

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Comment by Andy Thompson on November 10, 2012 at 10:25


Sorry I didnt have time to add the images - busy, busy!


Comment by Andy Thompson on November 10, 2012 at 10:24

Comment by John Jennings on November 7, 2012 at 20:02

I was reluctant to post this image because I have to admit that I have lost the records of the day. I cannot accurately date it except to say that it was 1961 possibley March / April. I have good reason to be sure that it was not a Sunday but may have been a Saturday or during Easter. The other loco was locked in the shed. I recall that I examined the tyres of the driving wheels and they were fairly rusty indicating that the loco had been in that spot for some time. Sorry that I cannot give any further useful info.


Comment by Stephen on November 7, 2012 at 11:52

Could this photograph have been taken on a sunday ?

Where was the Avonside ?

It's winter  time as the driver is using tarps and sacking to prevent the wind from blowing into the cab when up in the pit as it  was somewhat exposed and having to wait for the 43rb to load the tipplers could be a cold experience.


Stephen Robbins

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