‘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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LMS BOXBOARD ----- SMJ LINE

Currently a boxboard from the line on offer on e bay. Ends  26th August.    Also a siver ewj  free pass was sold at auction recently for  £ 850 .  Pretty rare, nice it has survived .   Plus 2 cast iron smj bridge diamonds also sold  at auction quite…Continue

Started by ray w Aug 23.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive Aug 13.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive Aug 13.

The Campion Family: SMJ employees 5 Replies

I would be grateful if anyone can let me know if there are any registers, documents or other employee information that exists where I might be able to find out more about the following members of my family:1. Henry Campion   1830-1910  Lived in…Continue

Started by David Campion. Last reply by David Campion Jul 25.

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East & West Junc Rly Avon Bridge looking upstream towards Lucy's Mill

A view not often seen of the Avon bridge with Lucy's Mill in the background. The millrace tunnels which are still in place can be seen but today the mill is converted into luxury apartments. The footbridge on the upstream side can just be seen below the arches. The willows that often obscure this view have been pollarded and from evidence on the back of the photo the date is early in the 20th century possibley just in the last years of the E & W J Rly. This then is the bridge in its original form before the strengthening plates were installed (by the LMS) and further strengthening was carried out by BR in the late 1950's. Today the bridge carries heavy road traffic and is a tribute to the original promoters and builders of the East & West Junc Rly. For a view from the other side and comments please refer to my posting "The Avon Bridge" dated 2/2/2012.

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